Donald Mangold

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Sartwell Creek Union Church
Sartwell Creeek RD.
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, United States
Memorial Service

Obituary of Donald W. Mangold

Port Allegany - Donald W. Mangold, 95, of Port Allegany, died Saturday (May 9, 2020) at his home in Port Allegany. 

He was born June 14, 1924 in Port Allegany, the fourth child and second son of Ernest A. and Jane Anne Wells Mangold. On March 16, 1945 in Port Allegany, he married Joannah W. Dangler, prior to his entry into flight training for the invasion of Japan.  Joannah died in 2009. He later married Ruth L. Chapin on August 30, 2014, she died on March 11, 2016. 

Mr. Mangold was a 1942 graduate of Port Allegany High School and received an electrical engineering degree from Brevard Engineering College (later named the Florida Institute of Technology) in Melbourne, FL.  He worked as an lead electrical & biomedical engineer for Bell Aerospace and the Boeing Corporation.  In this capacity, he moved fourteen (14) times.  Most notably, he served as a Apollo Flight Controller at the NASA/Johnson Space Center during the race to the Moon and was on console with Apollo 11's Eagle landed on the Lunar surface.  Later, he worked with NASA doctors and engineers to develop a remote medical monitoring system for long-duration space flights for which he is named on the patent.  Derivatives of this technology are used today by EMTs and paramedics around-the-world.  He was a WWII Veteran having served as a B-25 Flight Engineer with the US Army Air Corps from 1943-1946. 

He is survived by Two sons:  James Mangold of Port Allegany and Sanford (Karen) Mangold of Las Vegas, NV   Four Grandsons; Jeffery D. (Jessica) Mangold, Jesse J. (Gloria) Mangold, Jeremiah E. (Lisa) Mangold, and Hunter B. Mangold Two Granddaughters: Kimberly A. (Mangold) Parker and Michelle A. Mangold.  Great-grandchildren:  Jeffery D. Mangold, II, Cadiem Mangold, Hayden Parker, Aubrey Parker, Elizabeth Jo Mangold, and Griffin Wells Mangold. Daughters by marriage:  Kathy Herrington, Virginia Parrish, Cathy Causer, and Jean Buchanan (Deceased)

He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives; his older brother, Neil Mangold; and two sisters, Jean A. Lance and Kathryn Mangold. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

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