Dean Madden Story

I recently enjoyed a cup of coffee with Sue Madden at her home high atop Boyd Road, with an amazing view of Lake Chelan, we reminisced about her husband Dean who passed away May 19 at the age of 83.


Sue and Dean were married at Green Lake in Seattle on November 18, 1967, they were married for 50 years! They met while Sue was working for a bank and Dean, a NCR (National Cash Register) employee was servicing banking equipment. “I liked Dean immediately and asked my boss to introduce me. We went on our first date a few days later”, Sue said.

Dean spent twenty years working for NCR and the remainder of his career in the financial electronics industry. Sue spent 32-years in the banking industry, retiring in 2007. They lived in Auburn, Washington and have three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

They started visiting the Chelan Valley in the mid-90’s and fell in love with the area. In 2002 they bought their lot just off Boyd Road, started building in 2005 and completed their home in 2006.


Dean was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010 and later Dementia. Sue was his fulltime caregiver with his last three years very difficult, taking all her energy. Sue is a very strong woman and I give her praise for her dedication to Dean.

Sue plans to remain in the Chelan Valley but will downsize, which will make her life simpler. She keeps busy as a board member on the Chelan Senior Center and enjoys her time with the Manson Kiwanis Club. She likes joining friends at Mill Bay Casino for Senior Wednesdays free breakfast! Sue has been a member of North Shore Bible Church since 2008. Sue said, “I really enjoy our church. Craig provides amazing sermons and people are so friendly. Dean enjoyed attending Men’s Night at North Shore and it was good for him especially during the last part of his life.” I let Sue know that her church is there for her if she needs anything.

Their daughter wrote up the following for Dean’s “Celebration of Life” that will take place on Sunday – June 17 at a private home located at 10329 SE 304th Pl, Auburn, Washington starting at 2:00. If you are in the area please join us. Call 206-498-6823 for driving instructions.

Van “Dean” Madden 1934 – 2018

Dad, husband, boater, gardener, electronics technician and wild mushroom picker extraordinaire!

Van “Dean” Madden died peacefully in his home on Saturday, May 19, 2018 due to complications with Parkinson’s disease and Dementia. He was 83 years old.

Dean was born in Tacoma, Washington on November 29, 1934 to his parents Van and Leos Madden of Buckley, Washington. He graduated from White River High School in 1952, and after attending Wassu, became a Cougar fan for life! He was also a great father, grandfather and avid gardener who enjoyed years of boating in the San Juan Islands and the inside passages of British Columbia.

Dean retired from a career in financial electronics in 2004 and moved to the Lake Chelan area where he and his son built a house together.

Dean is survived by Susan Madden, his wife of 50 years; son, Gene Madden and his wife Joni Butz; daughter, Juleane Franzen and her husband Scott; brother, Allan Madden; sister, Merle Carlson; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and daughter, Kim Madden

By Norm Manly