George Joseph Madrigal

Sep 22, 1944 - Dec 26, 2020

Obituary

George Joseph Madrigal, 76 passed away at home with his family and his wife Adeline by his side on December 26, 2020 after battling Alzheimer’s. He was born in Yurecuaro, Michoacan, Mexico to parents Felipe Madrigal and Librada Ortiz Madrigal. George was one of eight children: Felipe Madrigal, Guadalupe Madrigal, Richard Madrigal, Angie Adams, Delfina Garduno, Pedro Montez and Demitrio Montez. He was raised in Sacramento, California where he attended Sacramento High School, Sacramento City College and graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.A. in Social Work and Corrections. He went on to work as a Deputy Probation Officer for Sacramento County Probation Department and then as a Parole Agent for the State of California and the Department of Corrections.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Adeline Gil Madrigal, his children Nina Madrigal (Versailles), Monica Marino (John), Julian Madrigal, George Madrigal (Ruth) and his grandchildren Sophia, Arianna, Alissa, Michael John, Jenae, Michael Aaron, Olivia and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

George was raised downtown in the Alkalai Flat Area between 12th and C Street. He was very active in the community and devoted much of his personal time towards the recruitment of Hispanics into law enforcement.

He was a consultant for Sacramento City Police, Sacramento Council, La Raza Community Effort, the Mexican American Alcoholism Program and La Familia Counseling Program where he coined the “Enchilada Approach”, a counseling approach for high-risk youth and families. He was an active member of the Patient Advisory Committee of the University of California, Davis, Sacramento Medical Center, the Project Area Committee of the Alkalai Flat Area Redevelopment Agency, the Board of Directors of the Washington Neighborhood Center, and was chairman of the Barrio Education Center. He was also an instructor and mentor for Sacramento City College through the Puente Program while making time to lecture at local junior high schools, high schools, and colleges on the subject of probation and youth offenders and co-founded the Sacramento Mexican American Correctional Association Chapter (M.A.C.A). He was all about family and friends.

George was funny, loved people, and listening to music. He loved Oldies, Mexican music, dancing, fishing, barbecuing, bowling, exercising, making his famous “Red Eyes” and huevo rancheros, and running with his coworkers and members of the Aztlan Running Club. He had the gift of gab and an infectious laugh. George was the self-appointed family videographer and loved to record his family and friends. He captured countless memories in time that we all now treasure and hold close to our hearts.

Not only was he a wonderful husband he was a terrific Dad. He loved all of his kids and grandkids. He was proud of each and every one of them and held them close to his heart. He loved to photograph and videotape them. Their birthdays were always special to him and witnessing their progress through the years. Supervising school field trips, recitals, coaching, being their cheerleader on the sidelines at a baseball game, seeing them graduate and that call on their first day of school were all a priority. Being that jolly, funny Santa Claus for his kids, family, friends and for my kindergarten classes for over 30 years.

He truly was my soulmate. A beloved husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, godfather, compadre, brother-in-law, son-in-law, co-worker neighbor and friend.

As his wife, my heart cries out for him because a piece of me is gone. I ache for that look, that hug, that kiss, that funny joke, that last dance and those quiet evening conversations between us. Most of all I miss his handsome, smiling face and sweet soul.

Caregiving is not always easy nor is it perfect. Having family at home to help was a priceless gift. I am so thankful that Nina cooked for us, held his hand and gave that hug or that kiss to ease his mind and reassure him he was loved and important to her. Taking time off to help with doctor appointments was vital. I am so thankful for Julian who sat with him, danced with him, told him silly jokes and helped with his bedtime routine. For calling from work 2-3 times a day wanting to know how he was doing and also taking time off for doctor appointments. So grateful to Sophia and Arianna for the love they showed him. How they mandated their way into his personal space to massage him, hug him, kiss him or dance with him and distracted him at times when it was so needed. I am so grateful to Versailles for coming to the rescue when George was too heavy to pick up or slipped out of his walker and would leave work at the drop of a hat and rushed home to help us get him up, or how he would greet him and kiss his forehead after introducing himself to him. I am so thankful to Monica for her phone calls, visits, joining us at the Alzheimer’s Walk and gifting her Dad utensils to help him eat and drink when it became difficult to do so. I am so thankful to Georgie for always reminding us that even though we lived far apart, he was only a phone call away. I always know that no matter what time we called him, he always made it a priority to answer our calls no matter what he was doing.

Due to COVID-19, there will be a celebration of life when it is safe for everyone to gather.

We thank you for all the calls, prayers, cards, flowers and food that you showered us with during this difficult time.

My beloved George, God bless you. One day we will see each other again.

We love you Papa.
We love you Dad.
I love you “George-O”.

Always and Forever,
Ade

Guestbook

  • Karen says:

    George will truly be missed. He was a bright spot🌞 in my 55 Plus, fitness class. I have many fond memories of George from dressing up as Santa 🎅 Claus at our annual Christmas parties, dancing while in class to his jolly smile while working out and affectionately saying “piece of cake 🎂 .” So, on behalf of the Family Life Center 55-Plus class,
    we miss you George and will cherish the time we had with you.

  • Mr & Mrs David Wright says:

    You left a wonderful legacy behind. We will always remember u laughing and smiling. When we hear an oldie song on radio we think of you George. We will ring a bell to make sure u get those wings.

  • Felix P. Barros says:

    I thank you George for being my friend. I knew George at the age of 10 when we went to grammar school together. We later became office partners in paroles. We shared a lot of good times together as young men ans as adults. You were everything your wife said and again it was a pleasure to be your friend.

  • Felipe A Madrigal says:

    Wanted my brothersObit.

  • Felipe A Madrigal says:

    My brother was a great man and friend

  • Frank M. Chávez says:

    Rest In Peace primo George. Looking back, we did quite a bit together; I had the honor to play for you and prima Adelina’s wedding, I spent the night at your place when I attended weekend university classes, spent Christmas together, enjoyed music, and, yes, enjoyed your famous “red eyes”.
    My family misses your giving heart and infectious laugh. Gracias for the good times!
    Frank M. Chávez & familia

  • George was a classmate at St Joseph Grammar School. After graduating from 8th grade George went to Sacto H S. and I attended Bishop Armstrong H.S. Although we attended different schools we did see each other occasionally. His employment with the Department of Corrections created an opportunity for greater contact. However after retirement I lost all contact. Sady little did I know I would never see George again. George will never be forgotten. I consider myself blessed to have called George my “FRIEND”.

  • Pat Cruz says:

    I have too many happy and funny memories of my cousin George to talk about them all, but a couple that come to mind are the times I drove around with him in his car during which he never failed to extol the virtuosity of oldies and also when he always inquired whether I had learned to make tortillas knowing full well that my limited cooking skills did not extend that far. He was effervescent and warm and I will truly miss him and his wonderful smile.

  • Yolanda Orozco says:

    Ade, Bobby and I were sad to hear of George’s passing. I know how hard it is to be a care giver. You are strong and are always there for others as well . George made us laugh always was happy, we will remember his great smile God bless you and your family know you are in our hearts and prayers . We are hoping to see you for George’s celebration of life. Love you Ade!!

  • Nick Kersten says:

    Rest easy good sir, you were a great man who was a staple in our community. It was a pleasure knowing you for the short time I did. My love and prayers to the family.

  • Melanie Smith says:

    I am so very sad to hear about the passing of our dear friend George Madrigal. I am sitting here with both sadness and amazement, for I had no idea of the long list of advocacy and accomplishments that George so successfully undertook in the larger Sacramento community! To me he was my friend George, who never failed to greet me, joke with me, and encourage me as we danced and exercised together at the church and community center in Oak Park. George’s story is a telling reminder that even when you think you know someone, there are usually many layers of a person’s life that are hidden from view. So I say to you, Adeline, that my heart is with you as you grieve your beloved. I send love to your family. And I bid farewell to the incomparable George, who is no longer here but forever with us.

  • Rebecca Mercado says:

    Heaven has gained a new Angel! May your family seek comfort knowing that you will always be watching over them. As always, as I drive down Big Horn I think about the Madrigal family to when Nina and Julian ran around as children in our home when my mother was taking care of them to George showing up to our Posadas dressed as Santa Claus. You will be greatly missed. RIP Don Jorge!

  • dorene hernandez says:

    George!! Was an absolute joy The first time I met him and Adaline ! I felt like I knew you two for years.. such fun friendly sincerely authentic couple. I love you and I miss you so much too! I absolutely will never forget him dancing in my Zumba class every single time ( he really was main attraction ) ladies guy 😊..making what I thought to be ordinary Zumba class .. extraordinary when George and Adeline were there❤️
    My heart goes out to you both miss you love you
    D 😍🙏🏼💪🏼❤️

  • Arturo Aviña says:

    We all loved my brother Jorge. We meet in 1971. We’ll love you always. Until we meet again my brother…
    Todos los Aviña
    Arturo
    Marie
    Sonya
    MarIsa
    Arturo Frank

  • Patsy says:

    I love George and miss him too. We had so much fun in our 55plus workout class. He would always clap to the music and keep us on beat. Nothing was too hard for him he would say “piece of cake”. It was so funny. Thanks Adeline for sharing him with us . May God be with you.
    Love,
    Patsy Wade❤️🙏🏽

  • Yolanda Gonsolis says:

    George was the kind of person that you will always remember, I know he will be missed by many. His infectious smile & laugh and his presence would turn our 55 plus fitness class into a fun class with his dancing & laughter. Adeline, George was such a good man that I know he’s in Gods embrace and with the love and support of your wonderful family I pray it will help get you through this difficult time.
    God Bless You & your family🙏

  • Jan Hall says:

    Adeline thank you for sharing your memories of George. I can tell that he loved and was easy to love. The world would be a better place if we had more people like him. I look forward to his celebration of life.

    Bless You and Yours.
    Love Jan

  • James C Medellin says:

    Godfather “Nino George” from jimmy. Before I was born you were friends with my mom and dad, Tom and Lupe Medellin. They knew you from ST. Joseph and Sacramento high school. They chose you to be my Nino for my baptism as a baby. I must say that I am honored to have several memories with you as a child, young adult and finally a retired Grandfather. Nino you were my 2nd father to me with life decisions, guidance and show me true love and happiness. In the end thank you for being my mentor and help me become a Youth Correctional Counselor and a Correctional Counselor l. Special Thanks to Adeline and the kids for taking care of my Nino George at home.
    Love Always Jimmy.

  • AnaG says:

    My deepest condolences to Adelina and family. You were really blessed with a great man. I knew George since I was a little girl. Later in life I use to see him and his little son Julian going down Franklin Blvd at least once or twice a week. He would be taking his son to school and me I would be rushing to work. I knew when I saw that little blue truck I was running late again. And I would rush by and we both honk our horns at each other and wave. I also use to run into him at the Bel-Air market. It was always so nice so nice to see him. I remember as a teenager he helped me get a job with Sacramento Concilio. And I use to like to talk with him because he had good advice to give. He will be missed. R.I.P George.
    Ana

  • Larry & Betty Navarrette says:

    George Madrigal

    My wife Betty and I moved to Elk Grove from the City of Sacramento in October 1991 to our new home. We didn’t know too many of our neighbors because it was a new development. There were not too many neighbors around yet.

    After a few months our neighborhood began to grow. George and Adeline moved into their new home a few months later.

    One of our neighbors introduced us to the Madrigal family and their two kids.

    George worked for the County of Sacramento as a Parole Officer, and Adeline worked as a school teacher. We had similar back grounds. George was a Parole Officer, and I was a Criminal Investigator for the State of California. Adeline worked as a school teacher, and I as a past teacher for the Oklahoma State University. My wife Betty worked for the State of California.

    George and I became close friends and had lunch together when our schedules were free.
    As time went on, we found that we both liked to run in the mornings. He and I would get up early in the mornings, before work, and we would run 3 to 4 miles each day or whenever we could.

    I had to give up running because of health reasons and soon after I retired from work.

    George loved to take pictures with his camera, and became the neighborhood photographer; he took many photographs of our neighborhood activities.

    After I retired, I attended a PGA Golf Academy. I got a golfing job as Golf Instructor teaching children with the 1st Tee Program, at the Sacramento City Golf Course. Any time I had a special activity and needed photographs, George would show up and take photos of the kids. His famous words that George would say were “A piece of Cake”. The kids and parents loved him.

    George became a brother I never had. George was Smart, kind, and a great father; he adored his kids and wife.

    After George retired from his work, I noticed a change in his persona and later became ill.

    As his passing George will be missed, he truly was a great person, one of a kind.

    May his Angels welcome him to that place where his grief will be extinguished, where he will suffer no more. We pray that he may rest in peace, in God’s peace which surpasses all of understanding.

    Ir con Dios Mi Amigo, George. Larry T. and Betty J Navarrette

  • RICHARD MADRIGAL says:

    Adeline, thank you for posting this Obituary of my Brother George. I’ve had 74yers of life with George. As his youngest brother George taught me so many things in life. Mostly he showed me how to keep myself looking good, clean, and to always be well dressed and polite. I followed him in another form of law enforcement. We ran into each other on the streets and he often called me for assistance in picking up one of his wards who had gone astray. We did so much together through life, though we were apart so many years, due to living our own lives with our own families we kept in contact until he became I’ll with Alzheimer’s. I miss him, I pray for him as I drive through areas where we grew-up, or when I remember all the fun we had down town in the Alkali Flatts Neighborhood where we called home. Adeline God Bless you, Julian and Nina for all the Love and Caring you gave to George during his final years. Love you all so much. George’s little brother, Richard….

  • Betty J. Navarrette says:

    The Long Goodbye

    I never thought this could happen to me or
    to someone I loved
    No matter how hard I try to overcome this
    It is a reckoning from which there is no return

    So, before I can no longer tell you how I feel
    Remember this Always
    You Are the Greatest Love of My Life
    My Soulmate – My Beloved

    Slowly, my life will change

    Isolation will ensue
    People and events will just seem to fade away

    Please
    Do not marginalized what I am going through
    For
    It is real – It is scary – I’m confused – This is so unfair

    I Deserve to be Seen
    But I know the day will come
    When I will not care – Memories will fade – I will be
    unable to see or feel your pain

    Fading Memories
    Memories erased from my mind and soul
    The Long Goodbye

    Keep me in your prayers
    Remember me the way I once was – and how I loved
    you so
    Remember my smile and my tender touch
    For
    What you see now, my love, is not me
    For
    I’m Still Here
    Yet I’m Gone

    Written by: Betty J. Navarrette
    February 23, 2015
    The Disease of Alzheimer

  • Betty J. Navarrette says:

    George had the most loving family. His wife, Adeline, was the love and center of his life who loved and cared for him until he took his last breath – he now resides with our Lord and Savior.

    He loved and was so loved by his children and grandchildren who also watched over him – loved him during his good days, and his darkest days.

    George was an unforgettable gentleman, who loved life, had the most beautiful smile, who was so kind, and generous.

    His family was his passion – for he loved them so.

    We will always remember George, and think of him always.

    With Love,

    Larry, Betty, Kiki, Kathy, and Shelly

  • George J. Madrigal says:

    To My Wife Gily
    As I sit in heaven and watch you every day. I try to let you know with signs, I never went away. I hear you when you’re laughing and watch you as you sleep. I even place my arms around you to calm you as you weep. I see you wish the days away, begging to have me home. So I try to send you signs so you know you are not alone. Don’t feel guilty that you have life that was denied of me. Heaven is truly beautiful, just you wait and see. So live your life, laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free. Then I know with every breath you take, you’ll be taking one for me.

    Love you Always & Forever,
    Good Guy George

  • Nina Madrigal says:

    I have thought for a long time what I would say when my Dad passed away. As dementia slowly took over his mind, his speech and his body I knew this day was getting closer. I still don’t really know how to express my grief and the emptiness that you feel when you lose a parent. My Dad touched so many lives in his lifetime and I know he truly made this world a better place. In his professional life he was a probation officer, parole agent, range master, gang specialist, special projects coordinator and so much more. He always treated everyone with dignity and respect no matter who they were. He always saw the good in people and believed everyone deserved a second chance. If you knew him, you know that he never went anywhere without his camera. I worked in banking for many years and worked seasonally for a while when I was in school which meant I’d usually work during summer and winter breaks. He always showed up on the first and last days of every single job (even though it was at the same bank everytime) so he could take my picture and document those days. He volunteered to chaperone as many school trips as he could (despite my protests). He loved to barbecue outside and drink a cold “brewski”. He loved to talk and his humor was infectious. He always had his video camera out at all family gatherings and occasions. Thanks to him, we have so many vhs tapes to look back on and laugh about. After he retired he volunteered in my Mom’s kindergarten classroom and was her permanent teacher’s aid until the day she retired. He also dressed up as Santa for her classroom for over 30 years. He took his last breath in the very early morning on 12/26. His final gift to us was one last Christmas together. I cannot put into words how thankful I am to my Mom for devoting herself to him as his caretaker. My parents taught me that real love isn’t always perfect but it’s unconditional. My Dad adored my Mom. After his diagnosis 15 years ago, he went in for regular check ups and they would check the progress of his memory loss by asking him different questions. They would always ask him to write a sentence about whatever he wanted and without fail, every single time his sentence would be “I love my wife”. George Madrigal, Monica Marino, Julian Madrigal and I are the lucky four who have the privilege of calling him Dad. He had unique nicknames for all 4 of us. Thank you to all of you who have posted or left a comment about my Dad. We have read every single one and read them aloud to my Mom. Thank you for every phone call, text, prayer and thought. We feel them all and take comfort in seeing the outpour of love. When the pandemic started we were all very careful to not visit anyone outside of our household and unfortunately that also meant we stopped taking visitors into our home. We will continue to do that to protect ourselves and others. For this reason we are not going to hold any services at this time. I wish we could see you all and hug and kiss and cry together. We have faith that one day this pandemic will improve and the world will begin to heal. When it is safe for EVERYONE to travel and gather we will have the memorial that he deserves and will welcome every single one of you who are willing and able to attend and celebrate his life. Thank you so much to all of you reading this for your love and support. I find peace in knowing he is in heaven. I can picture him laughing, talking, dancing and taking pictures of all the loved ones we have up there who welcomed him as he transitioned from our world into theirs. His spirit will live on in our memories and the stories we share. On behalf of my family and I, we say thank you and we love you all. We are grieving and trying to adjust to living in a world without him in it but we will be okay because we have each other and all of you. ❤❤❤

  • Olivia Martinez says:

    Adeline, I am so sorry for your loss. How truly blessed you were to have such a kind loving soul mate. George”s spirit lives on. He was a role model to admire.
    Your life partner now embedded in your heart. I’ll always remember George for his smile. I love you cousin. Cachi

  • Christina Rios says:

    Adeline and Family,
    My thoughts are with you as you travel through this time in your lives without George by your side, although I know he must be with you always in spirit. You had the Gift of George’s close presence, love of family and endearing Smiles! In the coming years, may these treasures of memories bring you strength and peace.
    George,
    Thank you for your years of friendship and your Smile! Thank you for the Goodness, Kindness, Smiles and Laughter that was so much a part of you that I will truly miss, but always remember.

  • Teresa Hernandez says:

    What a wonderful human being he was, and a good friend. We need more people like him in this world.

  • Tina says:

    Dear Ade, George, Monica, Nina and Julian
    Please accept our sincerest condolences. George was such a bright light and we are grateful for knowing him. We enjoyed so many great times together and no one could make us laugh like our Compadre. The sound of his laughter and his every day love and kindness for all are not forgotten.
    Love, Compadres Frank and Ruby and Eric and Tina

  • Ruby says:

    Compadre,
    We are sending birthday wishes to heaven.

    You are missed.
    Love, Ruby and Frank

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