Olaf Martin Standal was born in Addie Township, Griggs County, North Dakota on 26, July 1902. He was the oldest child of seven born to Norwegian immigrants; Samson Lyder Elias Olsen Standal and Randine Johnsdatter. Olaf married Gladys Bergliot Severson on 16, December 1928 in Moorhead, Minnesota. He worked for NP Railroad as a District Manager until his retirement in 1968. Olaf died on 11, June 1972 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and is interred at the Oak Grove Cemetery in that town.