ALAMOSA — It is with great sadness that the family of Kenneth J Madrill announce his passing on Friday, July 10 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs after suffering a heart attack. He passed away peacefully with his two sisters by his side.
Ken was born in Alamosa on February 6, 1953, the son of Pete and Bernice Madrill who both preceded him in death. He was a 1971 graduate of Alamosa High School. After graduation, he moved to Denver where he lived and worked for a few years. He returned to Alamosa and worked at Kaman Sciences as a programmer, and purchased his home on Lee Drive where he remained until a job transfer took him to Oklahoma City.
Years later an opportunity arrived and off he went on another adventure to live and work in Scottsdale Arizona. Several years later he returned to Alamosa to help care for his Mother which he lovingly did until her passing in 2012. He was employed by Valley-Wide Health Services as an Eligibility Specialist up until the day he passed.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, boating, arrowhead hunting, and he was an adventurous traveler. He loved his 1970 Dodge Challenger, his red Ford truck and his Acura. Ken was generous, kind, easy-going and funloving. He had an energy that with even just one encounter with him you would always remember him.
If you knew Ken you will agree that his first love was music, usually insisting that you listen to this song or that song, his love of music from oldies to rock to country was always evident. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Eagles, Steve Forbert, John Cougar, REM, it is impossible to list his favorites, he loved them all. We will be reminded of him whenever we hear the songs that we individually shared with him. He had an uncanny ability to reach people through music. He will remain with us through memories, music and laughs.
Family and friends will reminisce about his sense of humor and hilarious stories, he had a knack for telling stories that would leave you laughing. He loved watching movies and going out to eat with family and friends, but especially with his best friend and brother Bernnie. He absolutely loved spending time with Bernnie at “The Garden/Grotto”. He happily worked side-by-side with Bernnie helping with landscaping, setting up for special occasions and as a guide for first-time visitors touring the garden. They loved sitting together for hours, greeting visitors and enjoying the beauty and peace in the garden.
Ken is survived by his son Erik, Littleton, CO, brothers Pete (Rose) San Luis, CO, Jack-Meade, CO, William-Alamosa and Bernnie (Vicky)-Alamosa. Sisters Darlene Romero-Alamosa, Pat (Dan) Olivas - Highlands Ranch, CO, Dotti (Karl) Catalano-Colorado Springs and Brenda (Jorge) Rangel Mexico City along with numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, baby LucyAnn and Pearl Martinez, nephew Kevin Martinez, brothersin-law Roy Catalano and Joe Romero If we could say anything to Ken now, we’d say “We know you wanted this private, but sorry Ken, we wanted you to be recognized for who you were because you were loved.”
You will be greatly missed and we will love you forever. Following his wishes, cremation was chosen and there will be no services. A Celebration of his Life will take place at a later date.