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Garth Leroy Mangum


1926 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Garth Leroy Mangum Obituary
July 23, 1926 ~ June 7, 2014
Garth Leroy Mangum, born July 23, 1926 in Delta, Utah to James Leroy Mangum and Golda Elder, passed away peacefully at home June 7, 2014, surrounded by family and loved ones.
A coal miner and truck driver as a young adult, he served an LDS mission to the Eastern States, where three life changing events occurred. First, it was here that his strong testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was born. Second, it was in the mission field that he first met Marion Poll, then serving as a sister missionary, who would later become his eternal companion. And third, it was on the advice of his mission president that he return home, not to the coal mines, but to furthering his formal education. A graduate of Brigham Young University (BS Economics), Harvard University (MPA, PhD Economics), and, on a bit of a whim and much later in life, the University of Utah (Law), he worked on Capitol Hill and as a member or executive director of a number of presidential commissions during the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations, and as a faculty member at BYU (1959-1961), George Washington University (1965-1969), and the University of Utah (1969-1997). Over the years, he consulted with international organizations and governments all over the world. A prolific author, he published over 50 scholarly books in labor economics and related fields. An ever faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he continuously focused on serving others...as bishop, counselor in a mission presidency, high councilor, consistent home teacher, and as a long serving church service missionary in the Salt Lake Inner City Mission which he was involved in launching.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marion Poll Mangum; his sister Gai (Les) Elmer; his brother, Kerry Mangum; his brothers in law, Robert Call and Bob Hall; his children and their spouses, Steve and Troba Mangum, Dave and Stevie Mangum, Mary and Jim Murphy, Susie and Chad Gardner, and Holly and Joel Wright; his 19 grandchildren; his 19 great-grandchildren; and his former students now regarded by all as adopted family members; Macleans A. Geo Ja-Ja, his wife Florence and their daughter Marilyn, and Newton Miller Aganyemi.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Hills LDS Chapel, 1320 East 1975 South, Bountiful. Friends are welcome to visit the family on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bountiful Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful and Wednesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church, prior to the services. Burial in the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery. Online memories and condolences may be shared at russonmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News from June 8 to June 10, 2014
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