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Obituary: Richard Harper Madsen (2nd part)

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Continued from previous column Richard attended East High School and lettered in four sports. He was an avid sports fan being awarded fan of the year from both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Following his mission to the British Isles, he married his high school sweetheart, Doralee Durham, in the Salt Lake Temple on June 30, 1961. Richard attended the Univer-sity of Utah where he was a Sigma Chi. He was chosen as a "Significant Sig" from the Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1997. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Utah Business School and then worked as an Ad-junct Professor of marketing in the Business School. Richard went on to graduate from the University of Utah Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1966 and clerked for the Honorable A. Sherman Christensen. For many years, Richard worked in the family furniture business, P. W. Madsen Furniture Company, until be-coming President and Chief Executive Officer of Zions Cooperative Mer-cantile Institution (ZCMI) in 1990. Richard went on to become Chairman of the Board of ZCMI and served on the Boards of Directors of many other institutions and organization, including longtime affiliations with the board of Zions Bancorporation, University of Utah Pioneer Memorial Theater Company, This is the Place Heritage State Park, International Peace Gardens, Ballet West and the Utah Symphony. He also served on the National Boards of the National Retail Federation (Washington DC) and Frederick Atkins Incorporated. (New York City). He served as the Executive Director of the United Kingdom/Utah Festival hosting the former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in Utah. Richard was the recipient of many awards and recognitions. He received the Father of the Year award in 1997. He was honored several times by receiving the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Utah and National). In 1995, Finan-cial World magazine awarded him the CEO of the Year in Retailing, Department and Discount Stores. Richard was involved in many charity organizations by serving on their advisory boards as well as laboring with them in their many endeavors. His hours of anonymous love and ser-vice reached from around the block to around the world. Richard was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He taught values, ideals and gospel principals to his family by his life long dedication and ser-vice to the Church. He was a quiet example to all who worked, served or associated with him. He was a dedicated and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and loved the people he served with as well as the people he presided over. He served in such capacities as Seminary Teacher, High Councilor, several Bishoprics, Bishop of many wards, Stake Presidencies, Stake President of the Mount Olympus North Stake, Regional Representative for the Utah North and Utah Central Area, Gos-pel Doctrine Instructor and a faithful and dedicated Home Teacher. Richard is loved by a beautiful sis-ter, Marylou Rawlings (Ben), and three wonderful brothers, Francis A. Madsen, Jr. (Connie), Robert A. Madsen (Caroline), and Peter W. Madsen (Nancee). He is also survived by a brother-in-law George (Chris-tine) Durham and sister-in-law Caro-lyn W.D. Person, as well as many nephews and nieces who admire him. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2006, at 12:00 noon at the Mt. Olympus North Stake Center, located at 4176 South Adonis Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, where Richard served for more than 40 years. Friends and family members may visit the Wa-satch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 High-land Drive, Friday evening, Novem-ber 10, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and at the Stake Center prior to the service from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Salt Lake City Cemetery.