Longtime Lufkin Taekwondo instructor 'Master' Olford dies

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin Taekwondo instructor who ran a school in Lufkin for more than 25 years has died.

JD Olford died Saturday, according to his school's Facebook page.

"Master Olford had been in chronic pain for the past six months that just kept getting worse," the post stated. "He and his family admitted himself into the hospital earlier this month. Throughout the month he had undergone a surgery and quite a few setbacks. After all these unfortunate events, Master Olford's strong spirit started to pull through. Sadly, today, he lost his battle but is out of pain. He was a great husband, father, gran

dparent, mentor, Master, and friend."

According to the Master Olford's ATA Academy website, Olford had taught Taekwondo in Lufkin for the past 25 years. He was a sixth-degree black belt and started the first American Taekwondo Association school in Texas.