Our Partner and dear friend, Mark Olson, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Mark’s legacy as a distinguished CPA and advisor was accompanied by his optimistic, easy-going demeanor and entertaining sense of humor. Mark joined Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP (CDS) in 1985 when it was founded and was admitted as Partner in 1986. He was admired by his clients and developed countless friendships through his 30+ years at CDS.

Mark had a reputation as an elite tax practitioner and developed an advanced level of expertise in estate taxation and planning.

Mark graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN from the Accounting program. He received his CPA certification in 1985 from the Minnesota Board of Accountancy and in 2007 earned the professional designation of Certified Specialist in Estate Planning (CSEP) certification. Mark was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). Mark practiced in a variety of accounting and tax areas, but specialized in agribusiness, tax planning and preparation, estates and trusts, business consulting, and succession planning.

Mark was a member of the Ridgewater College Board, Dovre Township Board, the Willmar Sertoma Club, and volunteered with Special Olympics for many years.

We will miss Mark as he left a positive influence on our firm and our team. We honor him for a life well-lived!