Franklin Benson "Ben" Madsen 1934 ~ 2010

Franklin Benson Madsen, age 76, died at his home in St. George, Utah on April 4, 2011.He was born July 19, 1934 in Ogden, Utah to Julius Viggo and Constance Benson Madsen. On April 21, 1951 he married Muriel Jeanette Terry. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month. Ben spent his childhood days in Alhambra, California and Springdale, Utah. He attended Hurricane High School, lettering in baseball, football, tennis and track. He later attended Brigham Young University, graduating with honors, where he was a pitcher on the Cougar's baseball team. He was a great athlete and was very competitive all of his life. He participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games for 25 consecutive years. He is known for his great athletic abilities, competitive spirit, and sportsmanlike conduct. After their marriage, Ben and Jeanette lived in Sacramento, CA for a short period. They moved to Murray, Utah where they raised their six children. Ben worked as a self-employed accountant, moving back to Southern Utah upon retirement. He was a member of the LDS church and served in many callings, influencing many lives for the better. He was a loving and caring man devoted to his wife and family. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, sons, Terry (LaVonne), Ted (Linda), Michael (Susan), daughters, Sheri (Michael) Peterson, Diana, son David (Darci), brother J.R. (Mavis) and 23 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Spilsbury Mortuary on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held at Spilsbury Mortuary on Friday, April 8, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m., prior to services. Burial will take place at the Tonaquint Cemetery. Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Ben's guest book at