Douglas Royal Madison passed away, peacefully and unexpectedly, in the company of his two daughters, on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the age of 71.
Doug was born to Jack and Adele Madison on February 24, 1950, in Nampa, Idaho. He spent the early years of his life in Nampa, and moved to Boise during high school. He graduated from Borah High in 1968. Right after graduation, he went to work for his dad at the family business. While working at Madison’s Home Furnishings, he met the love of his life, Opal Campbell. They were quickly married for time and all eternity on June 19, 1969 in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Doug and Opal remained in the Boise area to raise their four children. Dad was a proud member of Christ’s Restored Church and taught his children to love the Gospel. He held many callings over the years, and teaching and working with the youth were his favorite. The assignments he spoke of most often were serving on the High Council of the Meridian East Stake and serving as Bishop of the Meridian 18th Ward.
Doug’s favorite hobby was attending sporting events. He did everything he could to watch his grandkids play, and more importantly, to watch his beloved Boise State Broncos and San Francisco Giants. He and Opal went to Boise State games before the infamous “Smurf turf” put Boise on the map. Doug loved to travel, and within his 71 years, he visited 20 baseball stadiums across the US and attended several Boise State road games. He loved to visit San Fran and never missed an opportunity to catch the Giants at the Stick or at AT&T or at Oracle. Often times these games were followed by a trip to his favorite restaurant, Sinbad’s at Pier 2. He attended many BSU Bowl games, his favorite was of course the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners. He sat in the stadium and soaked that in for a good long time after that victory and wondered out loud if he was having another heart attack! One of his best Christmas presents came in 2018 when he received tickets to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game in Santa Clara. He had front row seats with his son and grandson and it was a thrill to watch. Of his travels, one of the most memorable was when he shoved his four kids into a silver van (with the call sign “Silver Fox”) and drove 7,100 miles across the US for three weeks. The family visited amusement parks, baseball stadiums and national monuments but the highlight of the trip were the Church History Sites. Outside of the States, he loved to travel with mom and they were fortunate to make stops in Japan, Europe, Hawaii, Hong Kong and the Caribbean. Doug was a hard worker and spent most of his working years in the family furniture business. He enjoyed traveling to the furniture market twice a year and he had a great eye for quality furniture. Doug loved his grandkids and he did everything he could to be present for all of their extracurricular activities, including softball games, cross country meets, choir concerts, and dance recitals. He was their number one fan. Each and every family gathering always included grandpa’s fun facts for the day, which more often than not, annoyed his grandkids (especially when he got the trivia wrong.) He spent a lot of time teaching everyone random facts of trivia….he loved it!. After mom passed and as he aged a bit and couldn’t travel as much he found comfort in his little dog, Toby. Those two were inseparable. (Toby ate better than anyone in the family.) Doug will be remembered for his work ethic, love of the Gospel, and pride for his family. He will be missed, deeply.
Doug was preceded in death by his wife Opal, his parents, his grandson Zachary Madison, his great-nieces Whitney Oldroyd and Myra Bahnmiller and a great-nephew, George Davenport. Doug is survived by his four children: Roger (Alyse), Sandee (Doug), Angee (KG), Ryan (Amanda), 16 grandchildren; Lauren (Harrison), Victoria (McKay), Spencer, Royal, Kassidee, Drew, Kyle, Flower, Lorelai, River, Ryan, Brie, Lovina, Levi, and 3 great-grandchildren, his brother Mike (Gay), and sisters Carolyn and Kris (Lee).
Services are under the direction of Relyea Funeral Chapel. A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel, 5555 N Locust Grove Rd., Meridian, ID. The graveside service will follow on Friday, January 14 at 1:00 pm at Dry Creek Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, June 13th at 11 AM at the Locust Grove chapel listed above. The family wishes to offer a special thanks to the paramedics and the medical professionals St. Luke’s Hospital who took care of him during his last few days!
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