Samuel "Zeke" Ezekiel Madden

September 1, 1943December 1, 2018

Samuel Ezekiel “Zeke” Madden, 75, of Norman passed away Saturday December 1, 2018. He was born September 1, 1943 at home in Dibble, OK to Joseph Samuel Madden and Dovie Mitchell Madden.

Sam lived almost his entire life in Norman, OK. He graduated from Norman High School in 1961. Later that same year he met the love of his life, his soulmate and best friend, Carolyn McGarry while out cruising around in his car .They were married in Oklahoma City on December 21, 1962. They moved to Norman on December 26, 1969 and he remained a Norman resident for the remainder of his life.

Sam accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 19 and was baptized in Oklahoma City. He was honored to serve the Lord anyway he could and was a very involved member of Alameda Baptist Church. He was a Deacon and served as Chairman of Deacons for a while. It broke his heart when his body got to where he couldn’t do what he felt he could to serve God.

He was a very hard working man all of his life. He worked for Rainbo Baking Company for over 30 years, retiring in 1999. After retirement he spent many years in the flea market “business” purchasing abandoned storage units at auctions and selling what he found. When his body was stronger, he was always working on something.

Sam was a very personable person and never met a stranger. We have often said that he could talk to a fence post and within five minutes have the post chatting back! When first meeting someone, he would talk about his family the most. He was so proud of each and everyone of them.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Carolyn of almost 56 years; children: Greg Madden and wife Darla of Moore, Jodie Madden-Daffer and husband Steven of Norman; siblings: Don Madden and wife Dian of Norman, Sherland York and husband Johnny of Slaughterville, OK , Linda Draper and husband Gene of Norman, brother Jeff Madden and wife Robin of Norman, brother Leonard Madden and wife Beth of Minco, OK and baby sister Retha Baccus and husband George of Norman; Sam was known as “Papa” to four grandchildren: Danielle McCutchen and husband Josh of Moore, Jacob Madden and wife Rachel of Moore, Lauren Daffer and Remington Butler of Norman, and Zachary Daffer of Norman. Along with nine great grandchildren: Jarrett, Giana, Emma, Evan, Isaac, Charlee, Judah, Hudson, and Lincoln; all of whom he was so very proud of.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents; infant sister: Margaret Madden and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday December 4, 2018 at Primrose Funeral Service. Funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday December 5, 2018 at Alameda Baptist Church, Norman. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Norman, OK.

Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service. Sign the online guestbook at


  • Carolyn Madden, Wife
  • Greg Madden, Son
  • Darla Madden, Daughter-in-law
  • Jodie Madden-Daffer, Daughter
  • Steven Madden-Daffer, Son-in-law
  • Don Madden, Brother
  • Dian Madden, Sister-in-law
  • Sherland York, Sister
  • Johnny York, Brother-in-law
  • Linda Draper, Sister
  • Gene Draper, Brother-in-law
  • Jeff Madden, Brother
  • Robin Madden, Sister-in-law
  • Leonard Madden, Brother
  • Beth Madden, Sister-in-law
  • Retha Baccus, Sister
  • George Baccus, Brother-in-law
  • Danielle (Josh) McCutchen, Grandchild
  • Jacob (Rachel) Madden, Grandchild
  • Lauren Daffer, Grandchild
  • Remington Butler, Grandchild
  • Zachary Daffer, Grandchild
  • Dovie Mitchell Madden, Mother
  • Joseph Samuel Madden, Father
  • Margaret Madden, Sister
  • Sam also leaves behind his nine great-grandchildren: Jarrett, Giana, Emma, Evan, Isaac, Charlee, Judah, Hudson, and Lincoln.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Samuel "Zeke" Ezekiel Madden

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December 9, 2018

Sam & Carolyn were always the first ones to come up to Katie & I after church . They would always ask how are you doing . The best times though were at The Men’s Breakfast & listen to all the stories he would tell about growing up . We Love You & We’ll see you again one day .

Jay Sloan

December 4, 2018

Mr. & Mrs Sam Madden were my neighbors growing up when my Daddy died I was 16 years old and Sam stepped up gave me fatherly advice and helped me get my first job I have so much respect and will forever be grateful I hope and pray I can carry Mr . Madden's great Legacy

Ricky Parker

December 2, 2018

I always loved shaking Sam's hand on Sunday mornings. He always had a smile on his face and was so happy to be around his church family. He treated me like I was one of his grand children. I have so much love and respect for sam and Carolyn. They were always so excited to hear how myself and my family were doing. I will really miss my friend .

Delana Pearce

December 2, 2018

Sam was always a great man and his wife was such a wonderful woman I remember always riding the bus to alameda baptist church and when I wouldnt want to ride the bus they would bring me home samuel madden you will be missed very much.

Nancy George

December 2, 2018

Will miss you Sam.
You and Carolyn always seemed like the perfect couple.
Still in love after fifty plus years.
Prayers to Carolyn and your family