Pat Madden, 64, suffered heart failure on Jan. 20, 2020, while running on Kilkare Road in his home of Sunol, California. He was born at Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, California, in September 1956. A loving husband, father, brother, and friend, he will be greatly missed.
Pat’s childhood and youth were spent in Tam Valley, California, at the base of his beloved Mount Tamalpais. He graduated from Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield, California, in 1974. He lost his father to cancer during his freshman year at the University of California, Santa Cruz, but after some academic struggles, he found his lifelong passion for physics at the University of San Francisco.
After graduation, he joined an early integrated circuit firm, Intersil, in Santa Clara. He left in 1987, after becoming analog CMOS design engineer, to pursue a doctorate in physics at the University of California, San Diego. He smashed atoms at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, and wrote a dissertation concerning muons to complete his PhD. It was during this period that he welcomed his first child, Emily Rose, in 1994, and then his second, Eva May, in 1996, on the eve of thefamily’s return to California, where he resumed his engineering career with Linear Technology Corp. During his seven-year tenure at Linear Technology, he added Michael Andrew to the family, in 1999. He also discovered the town of Sunol, where he and his wife made their home and raised their children surrounded by oak woodlands and rolling hills. He continued his adventures in chip engineering at two successive start-ups and, then, at Cypress Semiconductor. He was with ON-Semiconductor at the time of his death.
Pat was endlessly curious, generous with his knowledge, and appreciated the opportunity to mentor younger engineers in the later years of his career. In addition, he loved the beach, running, hiking, reading – especially history – and Nintendo games. Most of all, he loved being a father and watching his children grow into young adulthood. He is survived by his wife, Diana Madden; a sister, Megan Madden; his children, Emily, Eva, and Michael Madden. He was preceded in death by his father, Philip Michael Madden, and his mother, Sara Madden.
There will be a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m., on will be held at the Little Brown Church of Sunol on Wednesday, Feb. 12. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Games for Change, Gamer’s Outreach, or a favorite charity.