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LaMar C. Madison

May 9, 1931 - August 30, 2015


LaMar left early Sunday morning to make fresh tracks on the snow covered slopes of Snow Basin.


LaMar C. Madison was born May 9, 1931 in Ogden. The second of two children born to Edgar C. and Louise Avondet Madison.


He graduated from OgdenHigh school, attended WeberCollege and University of Utah.

He served four years in the US Navy serving in Korea on the USS Philippine Sea CV-47 and Adak Alaska.


LaMar married Helen Hall on September 6, 1957 in the First Presbyterian Church in Ogden. He worked for the US. Postal Service, Veteran Administration in SLC, and Hill Air Force Base Metrology lab receiving the “Diamond Gold Zero Defects Award” twice for nine months of sustained error free performance compared to a thirty percent reject average, retiring after 42 years of federal service.


LaMar was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, he served as deacon and enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts and the Pinewood Derby. He belonged to the Mount Ogden Ski Club where he shared his love of skiing with family and friends. He served as a volunteer Ski patrolman for 22 years at Snowbasin. During this time he was voted outstanding ski patrolman twice earning him National status.    This award is in recognition for demonstrated leadership and extraordinary service to the National Ski Patrol system with a genuine desire to serve the skiing public. He has trained successfully in advanced avalanche rescue and mountaineering and served as the Avalanche adviser and hill captain.


After teaching all of his children and their friends, he continued to enjoy skiing well into his 70’s.


LaMar was awarded the prestigious Purple Merit Star for saving the life of a motorcyclist whose bike hit a car and burst into flames and for spotting a car that had run off the side of the mountain and rescuing the passenger. He was also given a Gold Star Award for helping a hit and run victim on the side of the road.


His greatest pride was his wife and family. He loved the outdoors and time spent with his family skiing, camping and motorcycle trips with his wife.


Dad was an awesome teacher “most of the time”, for example, one of dad’s favorite camping spots was Smith Morehouse.  He was teaching Hally how to fish with her new fishing pole, “push the button, hold it back and let it go”.  She did and the pole landed 25 feet out in the water. Eighteen years later he taught Hally’s daughter Tiffany how to fish with the exact same outcome.


Dad knew how to fix anything, such as the time Guy was living in Houston and purchased a new car in Ogden.  Dad went and looked the car over and picked it up.  They thought it would be a fun trip to drive it down to Houston.  After leaving the cold weather of Utah and entering the warmth of New Mexico, they both had sweat dripping from their faces with the AC on high.  After several hours LaMar pulled over and investigated the heat problem.  It didn’t take him long to find the car seat heater buttons and turn them off.


LaMar is survived by his devoted wife, Helen Hall Madison; his loving children and their spouses, Mickey LaMar (Trudy) Madison, Guy C. Madison (Janet Halverson), Hally Madison Steinman, Jeffery S. (Stephanie) Madison,  Amie (Ken) Rentmeister; nine grandchildren, Tiffany, Jereme (Brooke), Quaid, Brie, Madison, Jaidin, Scout, Jordan; and two great-grandchildren, Kalon and Kaylee.


He was preceded in death by Maurine (Madison) and Lee Richardson.


The family would like to thank the nursing staff that assisted with his daily care at the George F. Wahlen Veterans Home in Ogden. Dr. Perla Thulin, U of U Department of Neurology and Dr. Nadya Wayment for making LaMar’s 11 year battle with Parkinson’s easier.


In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Utah Chapter, American Parkinson Disease Association or George F. Wahlen Veterans home in Ogden.


A Viewing will be on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, 880 28th Street, Ogden, Utah at 2:00 pm.


Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.






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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Leavitt’s Mortuary

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT


Service Information

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm -

First Presbyterian Church


880 28th Street , , Ogden, UT,

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First Presbyterian Church

880 – 28th St.

Ogden, UT

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT


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Born: May 9, 1931
Died: August 30, 2015

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Margene & Ken Johnson posted on 9/3/15

Dear Helen, We were so sorry to learn of LaMar's passing. We were not able to get to the viewing but want you to know of our sincere sympathy for you and your family. We hope and pray things will go well as you honor him and the life he has led. Sincere Love and Best Wishes, Margene and Ken


Jim Stegen posted on 9/3/15

Helen and Family, Chris and I have great memories of LaMar and all of the fun things that he done while here. One can only imagine what he is doing in Heaven. May God be with you at this time and have His arms around you for comfort. Know that LaMar is waiting for his family so he can take them to all the great places he has discovered there. Our deepest sympathy at this time, Jim and Chris Stegen.


Jo posted on 9/2/15

Dear Mickey, Time has gone by and life has gone in many directions, but when you make a friend your heart always goes out to them in times of sorrow. I do hope that peace will find you and your family and blanket you with much comfort while parting with your Father in this journey of life. May God bless you


Julieann Benyo Cherry posted on 9/2/15

Dear Madison Family, It's been a long time, but your family has always been in my heart. Your kindness was endless when I moved to Utah. You touched my life and made me feel so welcomed. Words can never express my sorrow at your loss. Your whole family learned how to be giving souls from each other. May God hold you tight during your time. Remember only the good thoughts and memories. They are the real treasures. Julieann Benyo Cherry