Madsen, Lawrence "Sam"
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95, of Phoenix, AZ passed away October 28, 2013. He was born in Douglas, AZ on February 4, 1918 to Soren and Bessie Madsen of Douglas, Arizona. Sam proudly worked for the United Co-Op Producers in many capacities from formulating Dairy & Poultry feed to his position as Vice President, and retired as Western Regional Manager of the Agricultural Division of the Olin Corporation in 1980. Since his retirement from business, Sam was actively involved with the Masonic Lodge and El Zaribah Shrine as well as the Maricopa County Fair. He graduated from Arizona State College (ASU) in 1939. In addition to his involvement with the Masonic Lodge and Shrine, he was an active member of the Scottish Rite, a Lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Elks Lodge and received a Distinguished Citizen Award by the University of Arizona's Alumni Association. Sam is preceded by his loving wife of 64 years Marjorie, who passed away in 2001. He is survived by his daughter Julie Hugh, Nieces Beverly Hugh, Evelyn (Carlton) Pitts, Cherie Donovan, and Great Nephews & Nieces: Doug (Sheri) Sexton, Nancy (Andy) Tokarz, Bonnie (Ed) Knecht, Julie (Ken) Moebus, Gregory Donovan, Karen Sue (Ken) Hall, Sally (Ron) Kaul, and David (Julia) Hugh. Sam was very well respected in so many industries and connections, his death is a great loss to not only family but to friends as well. Funeral Services will take place on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM (viewing will be from 3:00 - 5:00 PM) at the El Zaribah Shrine Center, 552 N 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85008. He will be laid to rest on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 West Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85009. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to
, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or Phoenix Scottish Rite Foundation, 14001 N. 7th Street, Suite F-111, Phoenix, AZ 85022. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2013