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Mangotich, Edward "Ed"
91, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away peacefully on December 1, 2015, surrounded by his family. Ed was born in Joliet, Illinois on July 10, 1924 to Rudolph and Frances (Puz) Mangotich. He proudly served as a naval aviator during WW II, then earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Marquette University. After working in rural California building roads and bridges he returned to Illinois in 1952 to marry Elizabeth ("Betty") Hanlon. Together they had four children: Mary, Maureen, Kate and Michael. During his 38 year engineering career Ed became an expert in concrete materials and soils, retiring in 1988 as a Vice-President and principal of Western Technologies, Inc. He served as president of the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers (Arizona chapters), the Arizona Society of Professional Engineers, and the North Phoenix Rotary club. Ed and Betty enjoyed music, reading, travel, and contract bridge, and they loved showing visitors the beauty of Arizona by road and by boat. Ed loved to sing, and his mellow tenor contributed to choirs, parties, and family road trips. In 2002, ten years after Betty's death, Ed married Eleanor ("Skip") Varnum Jones, Ed's and Betty's long-time friend. Skip and Ed enjoyed music, reading, cruising, cooking and singing, and together they cared for three cats. Ed was a kind and patient father, and a loving and compassionate grandfather, who passed on to his children and grandchildren the values of honesty, hard work and responsibility. Always ready with a smile and a tune, Ed was singing to the end. Ed is survived by three children, Mary Mangotich Grier, Kate Mangotich and Michael Mangotich; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Megan, Felix, Jan, Blake, Courtney, and Zosia; and his beloved cat, Sabrina. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85024. Remains were cremated by the Neptune Society. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the University of Arizona College of Public Health in memory of Edward Mangotich. To donate send a check payable to UAF/Maureen and Edward Mangotich Scholarship Endowment to P.O. Box 245018, Tucson, AZ 85724-5018, or donate online at https://www.uafoundation.org/netcommunity/sslpage.aspx?pid=317

Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 29, 2015
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