This year marks the third anniversary of the death of Little Women: LA star Terra Jole’s father, Richard Odmark. Currently, Jole is competing on Dancing With the Stars with pro dancer Sasha Farber and tonight’s theme is “most memorable year.” Jole’s choice is 2013 for two reasons. The year was bittersweet as she got the opportunity to became a prominent cast member on Little Women: LA, but Jole also lost her dad that year. In an interview with ABC, Jole said she’s going to do her best not to cry because she has been emotional about honoring her father in the performance tonight. Jole and partner Farber are dancing a contemporary routine to “Stand by Me” by Florence + The Machine.
Jole’s father Odmark passed away on October 2, 2016 and Jole described her childhood in a positive light. In a blog from a few years ago, Jole talked about how her family is complete with musical talent, describing her growing up as this:
When we were children we would always spend our summers in Charlevoix, MI where our grandparents resided… Everything is green and smells like Christmas pine in the middle of the summer. Lake Michigan runs along its side, boats floating through the city, which you can see at our grandfathers Pavilion. Not just any pavilion, The Clarence Odmark Performance Pavilion.
In a separate blog post on the same site, Jole briefly discussed the death of her father, calling it the “hardest day of my life.” Jole also posted a link to her dad’s obituary.
Richard Odmark died at 68 years old from sudden heart failure, passing away in his sleep. His nicknames were “Odie” and “Dick,” according to his obituary, and he would have celebrated a 25-year anniversary with his wife just one month after his passing. Odmark was married to wife Isabel, the mother of Terra Jole.
Richard Odmark was born on January 24, 1945. Throughout his life, he worked as a building contractor, worked in the liquor industry, handcrafted oboe reeds and even served in the U.S. Air Forces.