Burke Patrick Madden


Burke Patrick Madden
Burke, age 14 of Elk Grove, tragically passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020. He was riding his bike on Whitelock Parkway and was hit by a car. Burke was born in Phoenix, Arizona on August 18, 2006.
Burke was an active young man. He enjoyed biking, riding his scooter, swimming on the Piranha swim team, and playing basketball. He aspired to travel and own a sports car. He loved to read and spent hours immersed in sports and fantasy stories. He had a growing interest in politics. He loved to share his viewpoint and was strong willed. He was always excited to have plans with his friends. His teachers at Arlene Hein, Zehnder Ranch Elementary School and Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School remember Burke as a strong leader and was well-respected by his fellow students.
Burke will be deeply missed by his parents, Rachelle Fochetti and Erik Madden, his step-mother Nancy Madden, his step-brothers Kameron and Issac, and his brother Ezra, his biological mother Kathleen Madden, Rachelle’s partner Joel Schaffer and his daughter Bridget, and by his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his step-brother Alex. Burke faced many challenges in his life but met them with grit and resilience. His life is a testament to the power of love and family.
A visitation for family and friends will be held at the East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park at 9189 E Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, on Sunday October 25th from 1-5pm. A memorial service will be held at Creekside Christian Church at 8939 E Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove at Monday, October 26th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 2021, Elk Grove CA, 95759, please memo “Burke Madden True Grit Memorial Scholarship” or the Sacramento Public Library – In Honor of Burke Madden, Elk Grove Branch at 8900 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove CA 95624.


  • Carol McAllister ( McClure) says:

    Gone too soon! I pray for peace and comfort to the Fochetti family.

  • Aunt Nancy Calkins says:

    My heart is so heavy for my beautiful niece Rachelle ! There are no words. I wish I could take her pain away , and bring Burke back ❤️ His loss is more than any of us can comprehend . He was a beautiful young man with spunk. His passion for reading was amazing . Joel and my niece Angela, thank you for taking such good care of Rachelle . My heart is with you ❤️ I love you more than you know !Aunt Nancy
    Erik and Nancy my heart goes out to you and your loss !

  • Sallianne Salinas says:

    Rachelle, Eric and Nancy I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Burke’s sweet little smile and how much you all loved him. My heart is broken for all of you. Please know that you will always be in our thoughts and prayers 😢🙏🏽

    All my love,
    Salli and Tino

  • Oriana Toccagino says:

    My words will never be enough to express the sorrow I feel for your loss, my heart aches for you and your family. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know you and your entire family are in my constant thoughts ❤️

  • Kristi Borrone says:

    Rachelle, I am full of so much sadness and empathy for you and all of those affected by the loss of your adorable son. I haven’t stopped thinking about you and him since I heard the terrible news.I am farther away during covid, but please do not hesitate to reach out. I wish I could hug you and give you all my love, kristi

  • Dave Manske says:

    5 weeks ago Burke was on our boat. It was still summer and being a fun-loving kid he wanted to jump into the water from the highest point. But he needed convincing, so this 65 year old guy climbed up there and showed him how. He had hours of fun afterwards! One of the rails on my boat is a little loose now, from him climbing to the top. I’ll leave it that way, as a memory of a beautiful young man who was loving life that day on the Delta…

  • Shelly Clark says:

    Rachelle, Erik, and Nancy—what wonderful and loving parents you’ve been to Burke. No doubt, his childhood has been filled with unconditional love, security, and joy. My heart goes out to you and his siblings. I hope you can find comfort in knowing so many love you and are here for you today and in the future.

  • Whitney Johnson says:

    Rachelle, my heart breaks for you and Burke’s passing. I wish I could take your pain away. He was such a good person with such a radiant smile, and was so fortunate to have you as his mama. I love you and am here if you need anything at all.

  • Paul Grant says:

    Words cannot express the sadness that I feel for you and your family. Burke was such an amazing young man that will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to you

  • Joanie giraudo says:

    Rachelle, I don’t even know what to say. Our entire family is so sorry for your loss. Please reach out for support as we know how hard this is. Bob and Sheri reached out to your dad last week, we all live in the area now and are here if you need us. Sending you prayers of strength. I am sincerely sorry for your loss.

  • Linda Pittman says:

    Love and peace to all the family during this challenging time. My prayers are with you. Much love.

  • Nancy Hannah says:

    Erik and Nancy, Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your sweet boy. This has hit really hard for our family as our boys are the same age as Burke and ride their bike often in EG. We are here for any support your family may need. LOVE, Rob and Nancy Hannah, Jordan, Jayden and Austin💙

  • The Sanne Pabon family says:

    “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” Winnie the Pooh

    You are in our thoughts constantly and our hearts ache for your family. Little boys leave footprints in our hearts. They are never forgotten 💙

  • The Canants says:

    Burke and Cody had a chemical reaction happen instantaneously when they met each other. They could be themselves and gravitated towards one another even when coaches would try to separate them. Swimmers are family of choice. We didn’t know that 6 years ago when these two started together. Many are hurting, but the 13/14 boys and girls knew Cody would be dying inside. These two have been inseparable every year with Clinics, Practices, Meets, Piranha Beads, Champs, Relays, PRs, and weekends of tent city of the 9/10 boys, 11/12 boys…whenever there was Cody there was Burke. As parents we would just laugh and shake our heads at the antics.
    We send you all so much love and prayers as the joy we shared together with Burke has been so great.

  • Carol and David Ferrari says:

    So very, very sorry to hear of your nephew Burke’s tragic death. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Wishing you all peace as you grapple with this…there are no words.

    Carol and David Ferrari

  • Cheryl says:

    Please if you see a teenager, child, mother & baby, disabled person, adult, my nephew on a bike, anyone in a cross walk–STOP! STOP! STOP! A car versus a person is a tank–pure metal. If you hit someone, you will feel bad, traumatized but you will not be the one that loved the one you hit. If you killed them on impact you will not grieve as those who have loved them since birth. Lives will unravel after the loss never to be back in place. Utter despair screams. Crosswalks are not always for vehicles. Let them be used as they are supposed to be please. If one loved one is rescued from a STOP this note will be worth the tears running down my face.

  • Kim Kennoy (Staples) says:

    Praying hard for your family! There are no words during a time like this. Praying for your strength, for your peace, for your clarity and refuge in God’s arms. You have some pretty incredible angles watching over your family now. Praying for you all, knowing, God will see you all through this too. ♥️♥️♥️

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