Jerry L. Madden

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jerry L. Madden died of natural causes on September 9, 2010 in Burien, Wash. after a short illness. Madden was born in Livingston, Mont. on March 22, 1934 and attended schools in Livingston and Deer Lodge. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1956 with a degree in teaching and journalism. He taught in Fort Benton and Billings, Mont. and Anchorage in the late 1950s and early 60s.

He left teaching for a career in journalism, working for the Billings Gazette, the Independent Record and the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. At the Tribune, he headed up the state capital desk, covering state government and the legislature from 1966 to 1970.

In 1971, Madden moved to Juneau to work in the Office of the Governor. During a 30-year career in the state, he headed up planning efforts in health systems, manpower development and salmon fisheries enhancement. He served as director for model cities for Juneau and was on the School Board for the Juneau Schools. His work in Alaska included the expansion of the bus system in Juneau, the development of the Twin Lakes recreation area, expansion of the emergency medical system to rural Alaska and the creation of salmon hatcheries throughout the state.

Services will be held at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau at 12:10 p.m. on Sept. 24th, 2010. The family requests no flowers, but memorials may be sent in his name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at

He is survived by his former wife, Mary Lou Madden of Juneau; son Mario Madden and daughter-in-law Kristy Madden of Bellevue, Wash. and nephew and niece Bill and Donna Wallace and family of Helena, Mont.

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