Alan Bernard Mador

Alan Bernard Mador

Alan Bernard Mador passed away suddenly April 30, 2013. He was 60.

Alan, the younger son of the late Irving and Shirley Mador, was born Jan. 31, 1953, in Washington, DC. He attended Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, graduating in 1971. He attended Washington University in St. Louis for two years, and graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash, in 1976. He earned a law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 1985.

Alan was a warm, nurturing person with a strong social conscience, and a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Janet Thorson-Mador, and his daughters, Alison, 13, and Audrey, 11. He is also survived by his brother, Martin Mador, and his niece, Ariana Mador, both of Hamden, Conn.

Alan worked for the Seattle Tenants Union, and for many years as a King County Public Defender. He fought employee discrimination for the Lee Smart Law Firm, and helped prevent discrimination as a legal-compliance officer for Washington Mutual Bank.

He was certified in 2008 as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and worked in human relations for the State's Dept. of Social and Health Services. He worked as a labor representative for professional and technical employees and served as a consulting attorney to the Seattle Housing Authority.

Alan and Janet met in 1996 through a mutual interest in world travel and ballroom dance. They both knew very early on that they had found true love, and that it was forever. They were married in 1998.

Alan had a warm smile, a big laugh, and a keen sense of humor. He had a gift for friendship, remaining in close touch with friends over many years.

He extended himself to everyone he met, offering support and encouragement, and was known as a great listener. He helped bring out the best in people by appreciating them and recognizing their strengths.

Alan was a gifted guitarist starting from age 8, and had a vast repertoire of songs at his fingertips. Those who had the opportunity to play music with him recognized that Alan was blessed with a musical ear, mind and heart. In recent years, although he was of Jewish background, he shared his bass guitar talent at Sunday services at Northlake Lutheran Church and Bothell First Lutheran Church.

He was very involved in the lives of his daughters, taking a strong interest in their academics, music, jump rope competitions and horseback riding. He will continue to watch over the family through the years to come, until they are reunited in eternity.

Kaddish for Alan will be prayed Friday, May 10, 2013, at 8:00 pm at Temple B'nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue, WA 98008. A memorial service, to include Kaddish, will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 2:00 pm at Bothell First Lutheran Church, 10207 NE 183rd St., Bothell, WA 98011.

Contributions in Alan's memory may be made to his memorial fund at Mental Health America ( Donations to benefit Alan's daughters may be mailed in the name of Alison Mador, Audrey Mador or Janet Thorson-Mador, at PO Box 82792, Kenmore, WA 98028.

Published in The Seattle Times from May 6 to May 7, 2013