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8/1/2017 04:35:51 pm
To my friend, who called me "Ren,"
Mary Alice Hatch
8/1/2017 04:51:53 pm
I never remember a time seeing you without a smile on your face. You had a way of engaging with people that was genuine, heart-felt and fun loving. You always left people better than you found them. Your advice was always spot on and I will always be grateful for the love you showed to me and my family. Your optimism was contagious. You had a way of making people feel like they could do anything. Our lives were better for knowing you. Your legacy of loving kindness and finding the joy in each day will live on with your family. Love you dear friend.
8/1/2017 05:41:18 pm
One year ago, I was diagnosed with cancer, and Greg was one of the first to console me and offer strength and compassion. I will be forever grateful for his presence in my life. I loved the example he set in his fight, and truly tried to emulate it in my own. He was my bishop, and as many will testify, my friend. You will be missed sweet man and all of us are better for knowing you.
8/1/2017 08:55:18 pm
The best way I can describe Greg is that he was a man that knew how to build community better than anyone I have ever known. Wherever he went, the party followed! New Years Eve's, Giant's winning the World Series, and so many other fun times together.
8/1/2017 08:56:20 pm
Greg- what a long lasting impact you have had on our family. Some of the best memories my older boys have of there growing up years are always memories of experiences with you. You were a positive, loving and compassionate force in their lives. I truly believe that the way they live their lives today is a direct reflection of your influence. You are a man of great might and sincere spirit. Thank you for sharing yourself with us all.
8/1/2017 09:10:53 pm
Dear Madsen Family,
8/1/2017 09:35:24 pm
What more can I say on top of what has already been beautifully expressed here and on Facebook? I love, and will miss, how I never left a conversation with Greg without feeling uplifted, inspired, motivated, and plain ol' feeling REALLY good. Greg was such a positive force that you couldn't help but feel better while around him. Always a beautiful smile on his face, a sparkle in his eye, and a warm hug. I'm so blessed to have had him as my seminary teacher and my bishop. He helped me heal broken parts of my life and I will forever be thankful for his guidance. My family and I are forever indebted to him for his love, counsel, and encouragement. I love The Madsen family and wish I could give them a big hug right now but know that you are in our prayers and we are so sorry for this tremendous loss. Love you, Gregorio. I certainly hope I expressed enough to you how much I cared for you and how thankful I am that Heavenly Father blessed me by letting me share those moments with you.
8/1/2017 10:20:01 pm
The Madsen family have been a party to sacred moments that will enrich them forever. Greg's love and kinship with his family survives the grave and they are his eternally. This wise father cultivated and rooted his family in rich soil that will permit them all to weather this storm. Jan, your lasting and exalting covenants with your husband make you heirs to a crown reserved for the faithful. Well done dear Madsens you have chosen to walk with the Shepherd and you will bask in His life giving light, I promise.
Lynda Sue Wilson
8/2/2017 07:36:13 am
I first met Greg when he was a teenager living in Los Altos. His beautiful countenance always radiated his happy and positive spirit. That memory of Greg will always remain with me. These gifts allowed him to influence the lives of so many people. He truly had a caring heart and desired to lift the lives of others. Bless you, Greg, as you move on to a beautiful new life. You will bring happiness and cheer and the light of the Gospel to those whose lives will change forever because of you!
8/2/2017 08:29:56 am
To all who knew and loved Greg.
8/2/2017 09:31:30 am
02 aug 2017 Greg was my ward santa cruz bishop 2014. He kindly arranged temporary housing for me with a ward member, before I moved to Marina, Monterey county 2014. Taking time from his very busy schedule to assist me was most appreciated. Bless him and family.
8/2/2017 10:10:50 am
The first person I ever talked to in Santa Cruz before deciding to move from the east coast was Greg Madsen. As we were deciding where we wanted to live, I found his numbers on our Church's Website and decided to call him to ask him how the area was. Immediately when he picked up the phone I felt like he cared about me and that we were already friends. We talked for quite awhile and because of him, we decided to move into the area and have loved every minute of it. Since that time 3 years ago he has always been so friendly and caring to our family. I have enjoyed our interactions with him throughout the past 3 years. He has left a great legacy of compassion and vest for life. We will miss him dearly.
8/2/2017 01:55:54 pm
I had the greatest pleasure of meeting Greg at Interaction Associates. Very kind man, loving and always up for adventure. He had so much energy. I miss so much our dance break sessions in the hallways of Interaction. I wish the family my deepest sympathy!
8/2/2017 04:11:33 pm
Greg, you were a truly amazing person, with an infectious smile and admirable zest for life, a leader, one who served others and our community in so many special ways. I first met Greg almost 20 years ago after we moved to Santa Cruz and I had started running with Jan and a group of women and all of our baby joggers. Shortly after, when we were remodeling our house and needed a place to live for a while, Greg and Jan offered up their home to us while they were away. Greg barely knew us yet, but of course, being the family that they are, opened his home to us. We have such fond memories of our time in that lovely Nova house- their home exuded love, even when they were not in it, it just was. We got to know Greg better over the years and he began stopping by our house on his runs every so often. He would have the kids in tow at times, or not, and would just knock on the door to say a cheery hello, and most always try to convince Troy to join him! And, this continued for all the years we had the blessing of knowing him- he never gave up, always extending the invitation and encouragement, and sharing the love in the midst of his run. Often along East Cliff he and I would pass each other on our runs, Greg smiling his uplifting smile, so stoked always!
8/2/2017 06:14:19 pm
My heart dropped a beat upon receiving the news of the passing of Bro Madsen. Greg was De man. The Hughes family sends our love to Jan and family.
8/2/2017 07:25:22 pm
There are simply no words. We've lost a great, great man. Soul of a saint with a spirit of unwavering optimism - you just 'felt' it when he walked in the room. I've never met anyone like Greg and always felt so honored to be his buddy. He IS the moral compass for so many - it is comforting to know he will live on forever and ever in our hearts, minds and memories. All my love, strength and support points directly to Jan and family, just like Greg's always did...and always will.
8/2/2017 10:25:25 pm
To all the Madsens,
Nate Bowe Timms
8/3/2017 08:29:47 am
Greg has a spirit that is full of passion and positivity. I have great memories of Greg in the jungles of Costa Rica, the Surf in Nocal, to the Mountains in Utah. Greg was a supporter of the Arts, and inspiration to me and many others! Greg's spirit live on right now, thanks, until the next swell rolls in. Peace!
8/3/2017 09:35:30 am
I'm sure there are dozens of people who would claim Greg as their very best friend. He was that type of guy that had room for everybody and was that special, exceptional friend. But I think if you were to ask him who his best friend was he would say that person lived in his home. Greg knew and showed the love and importance of his family in all he did. They truly are a special bunch.
8/3/2017 11:47:39 pm
Makes me happy to read this
8/3/2017 10:29:50 am
I will never forget Greg's kindness to our family -- so many times -- but especially six years ago with our daughter Valerie -- 33 years old, mother of two young sons, and a very strong spirit who had chosen a path that was not what we would have chosen for her. But suddenly she was diagnosed with cancer in her hip bone. It was incurable, and in fact she passed away only three months after her diagnosis. When she was in a hospital bed in our living room, being cared for by Hospice, and nearing the end of her life, our dear friend Bishop Greg, came to our home to talk with her. She loved Greg, and heard the kindness that he spoke to her. Then, on his knees by her bed, he administered the sacrament to her. That touched her, and humbled all of us. I will never forget the spirit that was in the room. Thank you, Greg, for teaching all of us about how to endure the challenges that we are given. We will always love you!
8/3/2017 11:01:06 am
Greg was the perfect example of unconditional love taught by the Saviour and of a life exemplified by continual service to others. A true inspiration and example which has personally compelled me to strive to be better each day and to appreciate the privledge of each day of life with which I have been blessed.
8/3/2017 12:17:19 pm
"Grandpa" is a role Maddog would have relished
8/3/2017 11:57:36 pm
The Rositano Family
8/3/2017 12:37:22 pm
To all of the Madsen Family, we are so deeply sorry and sad for your loss and only wish we could have spent more time at the beach with Greg and family!
8/3/2017 08:17:46 pm
Only Greg Madsen takes the time to make every young man in priesthood quorum feel like he's as cool as Greg was. I remember he called my phone and left a message on my birthday - signing the whole "They Long to Be" song by the Carpenters, and exchanged the words "eyes were blue" for "eyes were brown". Greg made our group of young men feel like we were on top of the world. Whether it was by taking us surfing in Baja, or showing us how to hit on the ladies, or trying to work his magic on the local staff to get us free stuff, we felt like we were AWESOME when we were around him. He taught us that the gospel and church wasn't only way cooler than what all the other kids were doing, but that it brought true joy to those that live it. Greg was our inspiration, our leader, our coach. He was a true light to the world, and a joy to every lucky soul that crossed is path. He even saved a few of our teenage souls. To his family - I know he is still here with us, with you. Like the hymn, his love now surrounds you. Until we meet again Greg, thanks for all you did for us 14-16 year old's back in the good old days. I'll never forget your example, your humility, your love, and your passion for life.
8/3/2017 08:55:48 pm
The world was better for having Greg. even if for too short a time. Heaven is a nicer and funnier place today.
8/3/2017 11:44:09 pm
How will I remember Greg? A positive, upbeat attitude. Always a broad smile and a hug. Carefree, spontaneous, young at heart, yet disciplined in his habits and behaviors. Fun-loving Giants and 49ers fan. Loyal to his wife and protective of their relationship. Connected to his children, all of whom radiate the same upbeat and bright countenance. He treated his body with respect and care. A diet that was disciplined and consistent – I don’t ever recall seeing him eat candy, sugars, soft drinks or heavy meats. Rather, whenever at his house there were fruits and vegetables, nuts, cheeses, and healthy snacks - he didn't make a show of it or judge others – he was just living his life. His love for his fellow man was demonstrated in every aspect of his life: mission leader in his church for years, then bishop for six years after that. His house was, and continues to be, an open sanctuary to anyone who came by. Very few weeks passed without someone being there, whether for dinners or to stay for more extended periods. Always the kind of place you could go any time and know you’d be welcome. I’ve seen Greg in concerned or reflected moods but never saw him in a bad mood. Even his career choice reflected his love and desire to improve his fellow man - a management consulting firm teaching and training business people to be more effective, considerate, and attentive to one another. All these parts of Greg combined to form a man who radiated goodness, optimism, love and sincerity in such a way that when I was in his presence, I felt inspired and loved. He was a ‘man’s man’ when it came to sports, fitness, vigor and intelligence, yet overarching all, I felt a tenderness and love from him. He brightened my life and made me happy whenever I was with him. An example I will never forget
8/4/2017 06:42:28 am
Greg Madsen - He has greatly impacted my life for the better. He inspired me to breakout of my shell and become a person of character and charisma.
8/4/2017 08:51:44 am
I didn't know Greg but I was the wonderful Henry Madsen's Physics teacher just this past year at PCS. Sending love and support to Henry from his PCS family- thanks for the Team Maddog bracelet, which I'm still wearing, Henry! See you at school.
8/4/2017 08:52:31 am
Greg Madsen, totally awesome and amazing😄
8/4/2017 05:53:21 pm
Greg was my neighbor in college. A one-time surf partner. A one-time youth conference partner. And (at least he made me feel this way) my friend for life. He saw things in you that you wanted to see in yourself, then in his Greg way, brought them out. You were fearless with Greg around. You stood taller, shrugged it all off, and charged forward. Because he let you see something big just ahead. And I'm taking that with me, Greg. Thank you so very much.
8/7/2017 02:31:29 pm
Thanks, Steve. So very true. He inspired us all.
8/4/2017 09:36:28 pm
I know of few people in this world who have inspired so much positivity, and so much love, as Greg Madsen. When I think of Greg, I think first of his smile, and then I immediately think, in awe, of the amazing family that he and Jan created, and how all of their children radiate the same special goodness, kindness, love and light as their beloved dad. I think back to so many of the times that Greg and I had spoken over the years, and how talking to him just made me feel happier--he had such a gift for lifting up those around him. The pain felt by so many at his loss is hard to even contemplate, but I feel enormously grateful to have known someone as capable of bringing joy, gratitude and love to so many. To Jan and all the Madsen kids, we love you guys so much, and just like the ocean of others who love you, we're always here for all of you.
8/5/2017 12:05:45 am
I will never forget Greg and Brett competing together in the Toots event in the Masters division - the grins on their faces as they raced and swam and tried so hard to outdo each other 😊 And only a few months ago, Brett desperately trying to keep up with Greg as they raced around the Go Cart track with "the Boys". Greg beat each father and each son all night I heard 😊 And just a couple of weeks ago, when quite possibly Greg was in the very midst of his brain surgeries, Greg being a personal reference for Brett as he pursued a recent position. He is a shining inspiration of true friendship, endless energy and the pursuit of creative adventures. He has been a dear mentor to each Graessle and while I see him clearly living on through his amazing children and beautiful marriage, we as friends are so blessed that his precious gifts will illuminate our paths forward as well.
8/5/2017 11:53:20 am
Below is a stream of consciousness list of things I ha E learned from Greg Madsen
8/5/2017 12:39:46 pm
Heather Thompson Smits
8/5/2017 03:12:21 pm
Greg was one of the most energetic, positive people I've ever known. I was lucky to work with him through a few church callings and was truly inspired by him. I always wondered how he could do it all...magnify his callings, be a successful businessman, great father and husband, friend to so many, and relentlessly help others. What an amazing person and example! What an amazing family too! You're all incredible Ella, Makena, Emmett, Henry and Jan. Hugs, Heather
8/5/2017 10:23:42 pm
Greg, what an incredible impact for good you have made upon so many lives. As the coolest of cousins, I have always looked up to you, admired you, and appreciated your larger than life presence and personality, especially your ever present humor and smile. From long ago family gatherings and BYU days to more recent days and visits, the memories, love, and family bonds grow stronger.
8/6/2017 12:10:18 am
Reading everything... recognize the theme here? Greg.. Constant.. consistent.. I will selfishly miss you and our "talks". Today I sat on the sidelines at the paddle out capturing all the moments with my camera.. kept thinkin.. man.. you have touched so many people.. SO much positive influence. Thanks for everything and I look forward to our next chat. Dude... I got the sweetest pics today.. Im sure you saw em.. Peace Bro.
8/6/2017 12:35:31 am
Before moving to Santa Cruz, my brother Justin would rave about his awesome Bishop and his family, and then when I got to meet and get to know the Greg Madsen family, awesome was an understatement.
8/6/2017 04:56:02 am
8/6/2017 10:26:15 am
I only met Greg Madsen twice, but the positive effect,influence and encouragement still lingers to this day , I was completely alone in Santa Cruz, I had no one and I had nothing, no money, no friends, no house, I think I was even sleeping out of my van and was extremely depressed,. Through knowing my dad, Greg found out about my situation and met me at a restaurant, paid for my meal, and just sat and talked with me for almost 3 hours,. He gave me some money for gas and then a week later invited me into his home to meet his family and have dinner with them, I'm not sure if he ever realized how incredible of an experience that was for me and how compassionate and loving and caring he was to me even though he didn't even know me,. And the Madsen family as well ,. I will never forget his extended hand towards me in my time of need, so much kindness and , service and comfort he offered. I will always always remember that , he was there for me when no one else was,
8/6/2017 10:41:36 am
Anyone that knows Abe and I know how much we love and admire this family. We loved Santa Cruz because of the people we were privileged to know there. We came to realize very quickly that there is no greater example of love, charity, service, friendship, humility, acceptance, positivity and happiness than Greg Madsen. We learned so much from him and Jan in the years that we were blessed to live by them. Abe found a great mentor in Greg their friendship grew through their service to others. Jan has helped me through some tough times in my life with her listening ear and amazing advice. Greg and Jan's kids are amazing people and the perfect examples of how wonderful people can be when they are raised by enthusiastic, supportive, loving, and devoted parents. Abe and I have always said, and will continue forever saying, we want to be Greg and Jan when we grow up. What an amazing life. We love you Greg, and thank you for all that you taught us. You will be missed.
8/6/2017 11:06:43 am
So moved by Greg's Day yesterday!
8/6/2017 03:38:24 pm
What a great man. A friend to all.
Ann Marie Clawson Halverson
8/6/2017 09:37:19 pm
My dearest Madsen Family. There are no words that can convey how I am feeling as I learn about the passing of Gregory William Madsen. Like most friends and family, I remember Greg's infective smile. He just made you want to be around him and wait for something amazing to be said. Usually, it was something that would make me smile. My favorite memory of Greg is when I would be sitting at the kitchen table, and I'd see the Cougar pull up into the cull-da-sac and out would pop Greg. He'd knock on the door as he opened it and announce to "Mama Terry" that he was here for his chocolate chip cookies! He may stay and visit, or he may be in a hurry and just leave after a quick hug and peck on mom's cheek.
8/6/2017 10:56:53 pm
I say 'Amen' to all that's been said . . . Greg was an inspiration and friend to all, with an infectious smile, always the life of the party! Truly an amazing person with an equally amazing family. Sending hugs, kisses and prayers your way. xoxo
8/7/2017 01:48:32 am
What I will always remember is the smile and true to form, that I was important. He always had a kind word. The last time I spoke to him, I sensed his vulnerability, but he still had the smile. His example as a disciple of Christ demonstrated by his love for others was a blessing to me and to all who had contact with Bishop Greg Madsen. He held such a wonderful place in our hearts. My prayers and blessings go out to Jan and the kids as well as his family. Know that we are truly blessed to have had him in our lives.
8/7/2017 11:07:46 am
The few times that I met Greg (at plays, at PCS and once at his home), he struck me as such a warm and loving person that even now, here in India an ocean and years away, I can clearly remember the sense of the wonderful being he was in this earth-life.
8/7/2017 01:34:23 pm
Greg lived a blessed life. As we mourn our loss, we celebrate his life. A life cut too short. But, a life filled with love, family, friendship and faith.
8/14/2017 02:08:52 pm
Every memory I have of Greg is him with his big beautiful smile and undivided attention on whatever we were talking about. I always felt so grounded and happy after our conversations.
8/20/2017 02:31:03 pm
Hard to put in to words what Greg meant to me. He was simply one of the worlds greatest guys and we all are blessed to have known him. He was an evolved person. He lived every day as if it was his last. He got the most out of life. I will miss him more than words can say. I will think of him often. I will ask myself what would Greg do in this situation and try to follow through.
9/13/2017 08:35:35 am
GREG "MADDOG" MADSEN. On August 1st, the world lost one of the finest humans to ever walk this planet. Greg Madsen has been a great friend for decades. We could go on for days about his attributes and could not even scratch the surface.
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