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Obituary of David Robert Madsen
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David R Madsen, who left us on February 19, 2023. David (Bob) was a beloved husband, father, friend, and community member. Bob was born on October 29, 1929 in Logan, UT to David E Madsen and Anna Mir. Thereafter, his family moved to San Jose, CA where he attended San Jose High School and then San Jose State University. During college he remained active in student affairs and enjoyed serving on the student council. He served as President of Blue Key Honor Society and was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. When he had one remaining year of graduate studies in science education, he enlisted in the US Navy and went to OCS to be commissioned Line Officer. Bob served on a destroyer based out of Pearl Harbor, the USS Epperson 719. He was favorably discharged in 1956 having experienced two Korean tours and Operation Castle (H Bomb tests). LTJG Madsen met a lovely lady from Wisconsin who was working as a Medical Technician at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu, HI. On February 5, 1955 Bob and Ann were married at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base Chapel. They lived in Waikiki near the beach for their first year, eventually moving to the mainland and settling in Aptos, CA. Upon release from the Navy, Bob graduated from Marquette Dental School in 1960. He had an internship as an officer in the US Public Health Service in Chicago and later for the PHS Hospital in San Francisco. Bob set up private practice in Santa Cruz in 1962, joining the Santa Cruz Dental Group. “Dr. Bob” as he was lovingly known to many, thoroughly enjoyed his practice of dentistry and relating with his patients and co-workers. In 1970, Bob and Ann were blessed to become parents to their son, David. Bob was a devoted family man, and Ann and David were the light of his life. He cherished his time with his family, creating lasting memories with them. Upon retiring from his dental practice in 2003, he enjoyed snow skiing, gardening, attending Lions meetings and a poor game of golf. Bob was known for his kindness, compassion, and generosity. “Benevolent Bob” was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, and his positive attitude and infectious smile could brighten anyone's day. He was very active in the Cabrillo Host Lions Club and served many years holding various offices for over 40 years. His vivacious spirit and love for life, family and friends were an inspiration to all who knew him. Bob is survived by his beloved son, David and his wife Amye. He will be deeply missed by his family, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. We take comfort in knowing that his legacy will live on through the memories he created, the lives he touched, and the positive impact he made on the world. A celebration of life will be held in the near future.
A Memorial Tree was planted for David
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Santa Cruz Mission Chapel
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