Dan Ray Mangum 61, of Caldwell, Idaho passed away on December 3, 2019 peacefully at home with his Roxy dog, Jasper Ki-Ki and his close friend, Tracy at his side. Dan was born November 9, 1958 to Hubert Burton and Mary Louetta Mangum. His family eventually made their home in Wenatchee, WA where Dan attended school. Dan was introduced to the trucking industry by his brother, Burt. Dan was employed for a few years with Hi-Grade and also for a time with Arlo Lott before he landed a position with Mail Contractors of America. Dan was a Professional Truck Driver, driving big-rigs, long-haul cross country making sure our mail was delivered on time. Dan worked hard and drove thousands of miles. After a number of years driving cross the USA, they assigned Dan to the Northwest route. Dan decided to make Caldwell, Idaho his home. Dan moved next door to us in 1996, because he was on the road we didn’t get an opportunity to meet our neighbor. It wasn’t until 2007 that we met Dan, at that time we learned he had kidney disease, one kidney removed and was told he would have to be on dialysis. Unfortunately, that ended Dan’s truck driving career. Dan and I would catch each other outside in the yard and stop to visit. We established a close relationship early on. I was concerned for Dano, when he would get ill, living alone with no one to help him. I told him I would help him as much as I could. I always called him “Dano”. He was, “My Dano”. He was a prideful man, very set in his ways and yes at times, “A force to be reckoned with”. But, I knew the softer side of him; he was gentle, kind and very generous with a great sense of humor. He could always make me laugh. I told Dano, you can be my family and he attended most of our family functions unless he was feeling bad.
Dano loved his pets first and foremost they were his companions. He enjoyed camping, fishing, riding his ATV and gardening. He always had an awesome garden and would share his harvest with everyone. Gradually, health issues worsened and he could no longer do the things he enjoyed.
Dano was one tough son-of-a-gun, he endured a lot of pain and pushed himself do projects that he shouldn’t have even been doing. My hubby and I would have to intervene and take over some of his projects, too much pride to ask for help. I miss him dearly, a piece of my heart has gone with him. Dan was preceded in death by his Father, Mother and Brother. He is survived by a sister, Pat Fulmer of CA, Amee Mangum-niece Lafayette, GA, and J.R. Mangum-nephew Lafayette, GA, Tammy Hall-niece Cambria, CA and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Dano requested to forego a chapel service. In lieu of flowers, we graciously ask to please donate to the American Kidney Foundation. I will always keep you in my heart, my Friend, my Dano. With Love, Doll Face.
“See you in the Cosmos”