Former Soldotna resident Donald W. Madden died April 22, 2000, in Billings, Mont., after a courageous battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. May 20 at the Soldotna Methodist Church.
Born Aug. 15, 1944, in Long Beach, Calif., Mr. Madden grew up on the family homestead south of Soldotna and never outgrew his love for the outdoors. After a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Hassayampa in the Gulf of Tonkin at the beginning of the Vietnam Conflict, he returned to the Kenai Peninsula where he drove trucks during the construction of the trans-Alaskan pipeline.
On Christmas Eve of 1973, he married Debbie Gray in Alaska.
In 1991, they moved to Billings, Mont., where he worked for Northern Line Layers until he was disabled by his illness.
In a statement the family said, "Don was a blessing to everyone he touched. He will be remembered for his open heart, generous spirit and his devotion to God, his family and his many friends. His family is most thankful for the extraordinary love and support extended by Don's neighbors and co-workers."
He was preceded in death by his wife, Debbie.
He is survived by his five children -- Tina Weyant and her husband, Mark, Tara Marie, Donald Jason, Brittany Dawn and Ashley Nichole Madden, and grandchildren, Megan and Emily, all of Billings.
He also is survived by his mother, Marjorie Madden of Soldotna, brother Casey Madden and his wife Vicki of Soldotna, and sister Carroll Knutson, a niece, three nephews, and special friend Anne Yates.
Memorials may be made to the children's trust funds, in care of Bonnie Lambert, 1181 Lynch Circle, Billings, MT 59105.
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