Paul S. Madsen,
aka Paul Panton
Paul Madsen (surname changed to Panton in 2005) of Sunland passed away on November 8, 2013 following a long illness. He was born August 11, 1955 in Tifton, Georgia.
Paul is survived by his mother, Carol Bankhead and step-dad Don Bankhead of Fullerton, sister Deborah Madsen and partner Julie Robertson of Salt Lake City, and sister Melissa Madsen of Fullerton.
Paul came to California from New York in 1966 and grew up in Whittier where he became an Eagle Scout in Troop 841 at East Whittier Presbyterian Church. Attended California High School where he was a member of the water polo team and graduated from Whittier Christian High School where he
participated in track and field. He attended the University of Southern California where he pledged Phi Delta Theta.
Paul was very creative and enjoyed painting, metal sculpting, and gardening. He also had a fondness for the music, architecture, design and pop-culture of the 1960's and 70's and was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable collector of same.
A kind and gentle spirit with a love of animals, Paul was caretaker to a small group of feral cats, all of whom he was successfully able to trap and have spayed and neutered.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Martin Carr, his staff, and the staff at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton for treating Paul with compassionate care as he transitioned into eternal life.
A private ceremony will be held for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to: St. Jude Memorial Foundation, 1440 N Harbor Blvd, Suite 200, Fullerton, CA 92835
Published in Whittier Daily News on Nov. 13, 2013