Forrest Calmer G. Madewell


Forrest Calmer G. Madewell Obituary
On February 20, 2015, Forrest Calmer G Madewell left us for his home in glory. Forrest was born in Reno, Nevada, May 11, 1978 to Wesley and Ronda Madewell. After briefly living in Yerington, Nevada, he spent the remainder of his childhood in Winnemucca, Nevada, where he taught himself to read before the age of 4, began pursuing his interest in music, attended Zion Lutheran Church where he participated in choir, and graduated from Albert M. Lowry High. By his junior year of high school, he was teaching piano to both children and adults. Forrest literally never met an instrument he couldn't play.He graduated college at University of Nevada Reno, and later received his masters degree in education from Point Loma Nazarene University, as well as his masters in music education from Florida State University in Tallahasee, Florida.
He married Teresa Gutierrez in Reno, Nevada, on July 2, 2000. Shortly afterward they relocated and together built their home here in Bakersfield. He took his first teaching job at Thorner Elementary School in Bakersfield, California. He soon moved on to teach choir at Highland High School, passing on his love of music to those students. In 2008, he took the job of Choir Director at Frontier High School, including helping the drama department put on musical programs. Forrest also served as choir director for Lutheran Church of Prayer and Wesley United Methodist Church. Forrest also found joy acting in multiple shows at Spotlight and Stars Dinner Theaters.
Forrest's mother, Ronda Madewell, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife Teri and their two children, Ethan and Tess, his father, Wesley Madewell of Yerington, NV, two brothers and two sisters. Mark and his wife Margaret Madewell of Manteca, CA; Holley and her husband Marshall Poole of Elko, NV; Jennifer and her husband Bill McCollum of Twin Falls, ID; and Erik Johnson of Winnemucca, NV; as well as his mother-in-law, Phyllis Gutierrez, and sister-in-law, Lisa Gutierrez, both of Bakersfield, CA. Forrest also has numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many, many friends, as is evident from his Facebook page.
Forrest lived a very full life, and he loved every minute of it. He particularly loved teaching. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father, dear son, amazing brother, and beloved teacher and friend.
A memorial service will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers a scholarship will be set up in his memory. Contact Frontier or South High Schools for more information at a later date.
For additional information please contact Basham Funeral Care. 661-873-8200
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 27, 2015
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