Cocoa Beach, FL
John Madura was called home by our Lord Jesus Christ on August 14, 2014. Born in Inglewood, CA, on November 19, 1942, he was the son of Virginia Madura and the late Ted Madura of Cerritos, CA. He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Madura and her partner Richard Toro, Jenna Madura former wife of 38 years and mother to Tiffany, sister, Marilyn Ruzicka, brothers, Tim, Robert, and James Madura, and many loving cousins.
John attended St. Francis Cabrini grade school and Mt. Carmel High School. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor in Physics and was in the ROTC program. John received a Masters Degree from USC in International Relations and a Masters Degree from University of Michigan in Meteorology. He did post graduate work at UCLA John retired from the United States Air Force after 29 years as a Colonel. He had tours in England, Viet Nam, Thailand, Ohio, Michigan, California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Illinois, Texas, Nebraska, and then Florida as part of Space Shuttle Program. John then went to work for NASA in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center in 1993 as Chief of Liaison Office. It included the Kennedy Weather Office and NASA/Air Force Management Office (NAMO) for the last 21 years. This provided the weather support for the Shuttle Program and the NASA payload launches. John was very active in the Catholic Churches in the areas where he lived. John was a member of of the Knights of Columbus. John was very active with the Pro Life community, volunteered at Hospice, helped in the "Run for Life" and many other great causes.
John received many awards for his service in the Air Force and NASA. John received NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, the highest recognition awarded to a government employee who by distinguished service, ability, or vision, has personally contributed to NASA's advancement of United States interests. He also was awarded the Silver Achievement Medal. John was a member of the American Meteorological Society, The National Weather Association, Retired Officers Association and many other groups.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to equalrightsinstitute.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with internment and reception to follow at Our Saviour's Catholic Church, Cocoa Beach.
You may sign John's guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.
Beckman Williamson Funeral Home
101 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Aug. 21 to Aug. 24, 2014