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Madison (Madi) Kay Staker returned to her Heavenly Father in the early morning on January 8th 2023. She is survived by her parents, Brent and Jill Staker, brothers, Nathan and Jared Staker and sister, Christa (Derrick) Staheli. Madi was born on February 24th 1998 in Huntsville, Alabama to Shirlyn Kay Jones. She became the foster child of Brent and Jill in 1999 and was legally adopted by, and sealed, to her family in the Ogden Temple in 2005.
The Staker family were overjoyed to welcome Madi into their family. She had the cutest curly red hair and big blue eyes. As a toddler she loved all types of food, and she would dance as she ate – which her family named “the dinner dance”.
Madi attended Weber High School, DaVinci Academy and graduated from Two Rivers High School in 2017. She played the alto saxophone and was first chair in the DaVinci Academy band for which she received an award for her talent and performances. Madi loved animals and had many dog friends.
She loved food – especially expensive food – and enjoyed ordering sushi with her older brother, Nathan. She especially loved sushi with cream cheese and often ordered Philadelphia rolls or Godzilla Rolls. She was a very active child and learned how to ride a two-wheel bike when she was four years old. She enjoyed skiing and snowboarding, she loved hiking and biking and all things outdoors. She was on the swim team at Weber High School.
She worked on the Ace Program in California, where she built and constructed hiking trails and held many other jobs including forklift driver and construction.
Vacations were a particular highlight of Madi’s life. She enjoyed Disneyland and Disney World; sunsets on the beach and in nature and like to take pictures of them and send them to her family. She enjoyed Las Vegas and Southern Utah and loved to spend time on campouts at the family property on Monte Cristo.
At the U.S.U. Ogden Botanical Gardens, there is a tree adopted in her name with a plaque that states her name, date of birth, Legend of Zelda Triforce symbol and lyrics from the song Two Worlds by Phil Collins. The lyrics state “Put your faith in what you most believe in. Two Worlds, one family. Trust your heart. Let fate decide. To guide these lives. To guide these lives; we see.” We are grateful for the Volunteers there who donated to provide a plaque.
Madi’s path in life was not always easy nor was it the path well taken, but she lived her life deliberately and according to her own terms. She was well-loved by her family and her friends. Madi will always be remembered for her strong will and determination.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 N. Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the mortuary.
In Madi’s honor, the family encourages attendees to dress more casually and if you would like, wear a hoodie, because Madi loved wearing hoodies.
Lord: it is time.
The summer was immense.
Lay your shadow on the sundials
And let loose the wind in the fields.
Monday, January 16, 2023
9:45 - 10:45am (Mountain time)
Monday, January 16, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm (Mountain time)
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