Veteran Obituary: Joseph "Joe" Madron

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by LA1 News

The Highland Park community recently learned of the loss of an extremely distinguished local veteran of a bygone era. Joseph "Joe" Madron, World War II veteran and past commander (1950-51) of Highland Park American Legion Post #206, passed away at his home in Ukiah, California, on June 4, 2014. He is survived by his wife of nearly 74 years; the former Ms. Mildred Lee. 

Madron was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 31, 1918. He was the fifth of six children born to parents Thomas Charles and Ida Louise Linnecke Madron. A graduate of South High School and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Joe Madron went on to play violin in the city's revered symphony orchestra before marrying and moving to Highland Park. He worked making airplane parts at the outbreak of World War II until he was drafted in 1944. Madron served with the Army during the Colmar Pocket Offensive in France, and was recovering from injuries sustained during combat when the war ended. His final assignment was to accompany former Italian prisoners of war back safely to their homes. 

Upon his return to the U.S., Madron went to work for Westcraft, then a small mom and pop shop, making plywood-panel trailers which were the precursors to the company's modern-day recreational trailers and fifth wheels. After a successful run at making wood cabinets for friends out of his garage, Madron co-founded the Engle-Madron Company, a home cabinetry fabrication business. Madron built a home for his family in 1963, and taught woodworking at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where he was eventually promoted to grounds supervisor of the Washington Boulevard campus. Madron worked feverishly throughout his years as an active member of the American Legion to bring amazing improvements to the Post building. During their time living and working in Highland Park, Joe and Mildred Madron raised three children. 

Madron retired with Mildred to Ukiah in 1990 but was no less active and engaged. He added a master bedroom and woodworking studio to their home almost immediately upon their arrival. Madron also continued to support his beloved Highland Park Post #206. On two separate occasions in as many past years, upon receiving newsletter information about ongoing building improvement projects, Madron selflessly donated money to his nonprofit charitable American Legion post in the hundreds of dollars. Just before his passing, Madron was recognized by the National Department of the American Legion for his 70 continuous years as a member of Highland Park Post #206. 

Joseph "Joe" Madron, dead at 95.

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