Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thinking about Dad - the obituary

William A. Madsen "Wild Bill" On September 22, 2010, Bill Madsen lost his courageous two-month fight with pancreatitis, surrounded by family. He was born February 15, 1933, to Clara and Magnus Madsen in Salt Lake City. Bill lived most of his life in the Salt Lake Valley, attending South High School where he met his first wife, Shirley Johnson, the mother of his seven children. After 24 years of marriage they divorced and he married Sandy Pedersen in 1989. They have resided in his beloved Oakley, surrounded by his many pets. He worked in the automotive repair service all his life, where he developed relationships with thousands of customers over the years - "I fix cars and trucks!" he said. "Wild Bill" became his name when Howard Boulter, the announcer at the old Fairgrounds Speedway, watched him race. Bill, along with neighbor Dick Rosetta, helped make motor sports in Utah what it is today. He raced the CAMRA circuit throughout the Northwest, took home seven championships from the Fairgrounds and Bonneville, and raced internationally in South Africa. Bill lived life to the fullest - he had so many passions! Hunting, fishing, bowling - he was a skier and a pilot, but most of all, he loved golf! Golf with friends, family, and his sons, Craig and Gary. He is survived by his wife, Sandy, his children: Debbie Miller, Carolyn Bates (Gene), Craig (LeAnne), Cindy Hart (Don), Gary (Jackie), Colleen Verrinder (Tim), brother Vern (Shirley), 17 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his in-laws; Bob and Betty Stagg and Sandy's siblings. He was preceded in death his parents, brothers; Paul, Wesley, Robert and daughter, Wendy. Funeral services will be held at the Marion Stake Center (3038 North State Road 32, Marion, UT) on Monday, September 27, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a visitation from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Thanks to the ICU unit at LDS Hospital for their loving care. SLTrib
The Trib also reported about him here. Big Red Racing also expressed condolences here.

The origin of his "handle" - Wild Bill - is somewhat debatable since his interview two years ago on Racing Legends credited Bill Call. I know it's been around for a long time. Here is the interview: GoFastWin


Bill Madsen Passes Away at 77.

West Valley City, Utah-September 24, 2010. Staff and fellow racers at Rocky Mountain Raceways are saddened by the passing of Utah racing legend Wild Bill Madsen and would like to extend condolences to the Madsen family.

Madsen was a seven-time short track champion and a beloved member of the racing community.

“Bill was a great racer. An all around gentleman on and off the track,” says Ron Craft, Rocky Mountain Raceways Drag Strip Manager.

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