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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"I've made some bad choices... but I'm getting better."

My sister called.

My grandpa passed away this morning.

I'm not going to pretend I was close with him. I barely knew him at all. To my knowledge he didn't even know my name. He was, however, an extremely entertaining person, and I think most people know him better as "Wild" Bill Madsen, Utah racing legend. (<-Click the link to hear an interview he did on KFAN.)

My mom spent every day at the hospital with him for months now, taking care of him and making sure he was getting appropriate care. They were giving my mom pretty good news, saying he was healing and they told him he'd be golfing next year.

A month or so ago, lying in his hospital bed, Grandpa said to my mom, "I've made some bad choices... but I'm getting better!" It breaks my heart that he ran out of time. He certainly wasn't ready to leave this world, and I wish I'd known him better before he did.

I wish everyone would put away their grudges and strengthen their bonds with their loved ones before they lose the chance to. You really never know when the end will catch up to you.

Rest in peace, Grandpa. "Wild" Bill is legendary - you won't be forgotten.

Also see: SL Tribune article & William Madsen Obituary

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