Michael Kay Madsen finished his earthly mission and returned home on August 15th, 2020 after a full life and a short battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.
Michael was born on December 27, 1947 to Leonard and Ardeth Madsen in Gunnison, Utah. He spent his adolescence roaming the streets of Manti, Utah. Growing up he was a dedicated worker on the family farm tending to the garden, taking care of the cattle and feeding the pigs. He was actively involved in his local scout troop where he served as troop leader and earned Eagle Scout. Even in his youth he was relentless in his service to the elderly in town, by taking care of the yards and mowing lawns for little, if any compensation.
In 1966, Michael graduated from Manti High School and went on to study for one year at Snow College before he served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia. Upon his return, he continued his studies at Utah State and BYU.
While attending BYU, Mike met the love of his life and his eternal companion, Crystal Heath. On November 6th, 1970 they were sealed in the Manti temple and were married for 49 years. They lived in the Avenues in Salt Lake City until they moved to West Jordan. They have lived in their current home since 1985.
Mike and Crystal raised 6 children. Tracy, Angela, Cory, Tiffany, Mindy, Brittany.
Michael’s professional career began for a business called The Store where he worked for 12 years and worked his way up into a management position. After The Store he worked for a local food broker that eventually became Mancini sales and marketing. Mike worked for Mancini for 35 years before retiring in 2018.
Michael was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the entirety of his life. Michael served in many callings including Sunday school teacher and Sunday school president, High Priest group leader, counselor in the stake presidency, Bishop and many others.
Michael is survived by his wife Crystal Merie Heath Madsen. Children Tracy Madsen (Marianne), Angela Guevara (Brian), Cory Madsen (Alicia), Tiffany Hoffman (Jeff), Mindy Henderson (Jared), Brittany Koller (Ryan). 23 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Older brothers and sister Doug Madsen, Ken Madsen and Sharon Bjerregaard.
He was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Ardeth Madsen.
Services will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home located at 1007 West South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan and will be attended by invitation only. A public viewing will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 pm. Interment West Jordan City Cemetery. Services can be viewed live online at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
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Crystal, you know how much you and Mike mean to Pam and I. We love you guys dearly! Mike was a wonderful mentor to me and I did my best to emulate his example. Our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with you and your family. Tracy, Angela, Cory, Tiffany, Mindy and Britany and spouses, we love you guys, we love your parents and wish the best for you during this difficult time. Our sincerest condolences!
Rob and Pam Farr