Jon L. Mangus A long-time Tiburon resident, died January 16, 2010, of prostate cancer with his family at his side. He was 68. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Sunday, February 14, at Montagna Restaurant at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley. Born and raised in Michigan, Jon received his law degree from Northwestern Law School in Chicago in 1966. He then served as a captain in Army Intelligence in Vietnam after which he treated himself to a year of world travel. He continued to share his love of traveling with his family and friends for the rest of his life. Jon practiced real estate law for 10 years in San Francisco and also worked as general counsel for a small investment banking firm in San Francisco and New York. In 1989, Jon''s friend, Bill Kimpton, asked him to become chief development officer and general counsel for the Kimpton Hotel Group. Jon was instrumental in the initial growth of this very successful company. Venturing out on his own in 1994, Jon started his own development company, and he and a partner developed a hotel in La Jolla and a restaurant in Palo Alto. Throughout his life, Mr. Mangus acted on his belief that you should never take more than you give, and he was incredibly generous with his friends. After falling in love with Costa Rica, he and his wife bought a home there and he started a foundation to aid the people in the small community near their home. To date, the foundation has raised over $100,000. Jon is survived by his wife of 28 years, Janie Mangus of Tiburon; two daughters, McKenzie Mangus of San Jose, Costa Rica; and Ashley Mangus of Tiburon; two siblings, Jan Chulavachana of Bangkok and Kent Mangus of San Diego; and a graddaughter, Kaia.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 5, 2010