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Remembering Judge Patrick Madden

August 06, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

Longtime Iron County Judge Patrick J. Madden, 69, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep earlier in July. 

A Montreal resident, Madden presided over the bench for some three decades.

A native of Green Bay, was remembered by his family as “… a champion for social change, and a staple in his community. He had a voracious appetite for both the consumption and sharing of knowledge, regardless of subject. At age 13, he became one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in the history of the state of Wisconsin. He remained active in the Boy Scouts of America for the remainder of his life.”

Following graduation from Green Bay West High School and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, young Madden earned a master’s degree and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was appointed to judge five years after practicing law by then-governor Anthony Earl after which he obtained a second master’s from National Judicial College at the University of Nevada.

Madden was active in the local community, substitute teaching at Hurley Public School and teaching at Gogebic Community College. He officiated weddings at no charge and often attended local sporting and business events. Madden was married with four children. A memorial in his honor was held at the courthouse in late July. 

Gov. Tony Evers is seeking applicants interested in filling Madden’s seat as Iron County Circuit Court judge.

Gary Carlson of Medford is currently serving as reserve judge until a replacement is found for the term that will last until June 2020.

Applications for the position can be found at evers.wi.gov or may be sent to [email protected] The deadline is 5 p.m. on Aug. 15.

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