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Michael "Mike" D Madsen

February 8, 1953 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Michael "Mike" Madsen Obituary

Michael Don Madsen, 70, a lifelong resident of Hermiston, Oregon, passed away January 12, 2024, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston, Oregon. Michael was born February 8, 1953, in Caldwell, Idaho to Don and Joyce Madsen.

Being a coach’s son, Mike was very involved in sports throughout his childhood, from baseball, basketball, football, and tennis. After graduating from Hermiston High School in ‘71 he attended Brigham Young University to study Agronomy. This led him to a lifelong career of farming around the Columbia Basin. Spending most of his career at AgriNorthwest. In addition, he had a few adventures farming in Egypt and Libya, where his claim to fame was meeting Muammar Gaddafi. 

In his later years, Mike enjoyed being active in the community by serving on the board of Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation and helping with the Festival of Trees. He also proudly served as commissioner and past chair of the Washington State Potato Commission and advocated for agriculture at the national level as a board member of the National Potato Council.

Mike is survived by his children: Ashley(Greg) Harris, Allison Johnson, Steven(Danielle) Madsen, Anne(Jake) Merriman: his grandchildren, Kole, Emery, Tyler, Elizabeth, Casey, Charlotte, Sawyer, Ronin, and Quinn: his brother Mark(Joanna) Madsen; nieces and nephews. 

A Celebration of Life to honor Mike will be held in Hermiston at The Maxwell Pavilion, 1pm February 16, 2024.

The entire family would like to extend our deep appreciation to Good Shepherd Hospital for taking care of Mike during his last days.

The family suggest, in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation be made to Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation.

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Celebration of Life
February 16, 2024

1:00 PM
Maxwell Event Pavilion
255 S. First Place


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