Welby R Madsen
May 17, 1919 - Jun 8, 2011
Welby R. “Perk” Madsen, 92, former resident of Shelley, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility in Petaluma, Calif.
He was born May 17, 1919, in Shelley to Lyman L. and Melvina “Mina” Madsen. He attended elementary and high school in Shelley, where he was active in school sports and activities. Following high school, he played semi-professional baseball in the Pioneer League in Idaho Falls and later he went east to play with the Detroit Tigers. While back East, World War II began and he left the team in February of 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served four years as an officer in the Coast Artillery, serving in the U.S. and in the Philippines.
Perk met and married school teacher Martha Marie Keiski in Ilwaco, Wash., on Dec. 27, 1947. Following his discharge from the Army, as a major, they moved to Utah where he attended Utah Agricultural College, graduating with a degree in civil engineering. They later moved to California and he worked for the state, where he was instrumental in developing the Feather River Project. After his many years with the state, he eventually retired from the state of California.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various positions.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, Winn Madsen and Renn Madsen; and two sisters Grace Madsen Bradshaw Salerno and Rea Madsen Warren.
He is survived by his three daughters, Mary Christine (Tad) Sullivan of Corona Del Mar, Calif., Ann Madsen Butler of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Carol Leslie (Michael) Kerns of Petaluma, Calif.; and three sisters, Tess Madsen Porter of Centerville, Utah, Jean Madsen Wright of Layton, Utah, and Beth Madsen Clawson of Firth, Idaho.
Funeral services and burial will be held at East Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, June 16.
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