David W. Madison

David W. Madison, age 63, of Wabasha, died Sunday, September 25, 2022, at his home. David was born on April 10, 1959, in Waseca, MN, the son of Donald and Clara (Johnson) Madison.
“Mad Dog,” “Dog,” “Dave,” grew up in Wabasha and graduated in 1977 from Wabasha-Kellogg High School, where he was crowned prom king his senior year. Dave married Debra Huth on August 23, 1986, at the United Church of Christ in Wabasha, MN. They were married for 15 years. From their union, they were blessed with two children, Erik and Whitney.
Dave co-owned the Twin Bluff Bar in Nelson, WI, from 1977 to 1987, where he made lots of lifelong friendships. In 1970, his father started Don's Lawn and Sport where Dave would eventually become his lifelong work partner. In 1989, he attended Red Wing VoTech for their refrigeration and air conditioning program, and they expanded the business with appliance sales and service for several years. He then purchased the business from his dad in 2000, and his dad continued to work with him until he passed in 2012. He was a 20-year member of the Wabasha Volunteer Fire Department.
He enjoyed many activities including hunting, woodworking, snowmobiling, camping, boating, NASCAR, and riding his Harley Davidson. He was a true handyman and could make or fix anything. He enjoyed renovating homes and the Wabasha Laundromat, which he also owned and operated in the 90’s. Dave found great joy in raising animals on his hobby farm with his children.
“Mad Dog” was known as a thoughtful and caring father, brother, and friend among others who would’ve lended a hand to anyone in need. He had a great sense of humor and will always be remembered for his one-liners. In his younger years, he was the life of the party and made sure everyone around him had a great time.
Perhaps his proudest moment in life was becoming a grandfather. There was nothing in this world he would not have done for his children and grandchildren. Time spent with his grandchildren were his most cherished moments.
Dave is survived by his son, Erik, Lake City, MN; and daughter and son-in-law, Whitney and Juan Alvarez, Austin, TX; sisters and brother-in-law Carmen Madison, and Connie and Robin LaRocque, all of Wabasha, MN; four grandchildren, Weston and Gracelyn Madison, Kellogg, MN; and Juan Jr. and Julian Alvarez, Austin, TX; niece and nephew, Bailey, Grand Forks, ND and Nolan LaRocque, Wabasha, MN; and former wife and friend, Deb Bartelson, Kellogg, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 3, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ, Wabasha with Pastor Deborah Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery. Family and friends may call the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. and at the church on Monday one hour before the service.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.abbottfh.com

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