Harvey Madsen Obituary (1926-2020) – Vernal, UT
J. Harvey Madsen
May 31, 1926 ~ December 7, 2020
Vernal, UT-J. Harvey Madsen was born on May 31, 1926 in Fountain Green, Utah, to Urban Sheridan Madsen and Ethyl Annie Jackson. As the oldest child, he grew up in Fountain Green and went to school. He had many fond memories of that time with his younger siblings Margene (deceased) Owen (deceased) and his youngest sister Uvonne.
Harvey married his mistress Vonneal Curits on August 14, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple. She really was the light of his life. He longed to be with her again.
Harvey and Vonneal built up the household at Snow College for 2 semesters. He then went to the University of Utah, where he graduated with honors in pharmacy.
Harvey and Vonneal’s children are Merilyn Beacham (Sonny), Ann Turner (Karl), Dawn Taylor (Brent), Jay Madsen and Robert Madsen (Barbara).
After graduating from pharmacy school, Harvey moved his family to Vernal, Utah, where he worked at The Vernal Drug Co. Glen, Harvey & Glade were known as The Friendly Pharmacists. Harvey received the Bowl of Hygeia while serving as an officer in the Utah Pharmaceutical Assn. He also served on various committees of the Vernal Chamber of Commerce, including its President. Harvey also received the Chamber’s Service Award for serving as a councilor for 12 years.
Harvey loved the outdoors, best of all hunting and fishing.
Harvey devoted his life to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had an unwavering testimony of Jesus Christ and served in every calling, including the diocese, stake presidency, teacher, and stake patriarch. Harvey and Vonneal served a mission in England. He was also grateful for many years of service in the Vernal Utah Temple.
Harvey leaves 23 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Vonneal, a daughter-in-law Laurie Madsen (Jay) and the three grandchildren Sheridan Madsen, Trisha Taylor and Makenzie Madsen.
All of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss him very much
The funeral took place in Vernal Memorial Park with military honors; The services are overseen by the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
Published by Deseret News on December 13, 2020.