Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home

4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, UT


Robert Kent Mangum

July 12, 1952February 4, 2020

The Final Chapter in the Boongambian Bedtime Series:

Return of the Boongambian King

Robert Kent Mangum (Ken to those close to him), King of Boongambia, joined his parents in his Father's kingdom February 4th, 2020 while at home with his Queen in Kearns, Utah. Born July 12, 1952 to Robert Ynil and Luella Rapier Mangum in Holbrook, Arizona, he lived according to the Boongambian motto “Amare, Risus, Teres Cibum,” which translates to “Love, Laughter, Mincemeat.” Ken spent his life in the great lands of California, Arizona, and Utah, except 2 years when he served in the Chile Mission. (We have confirmed with multiple historians that this occurred in the times of ancient Boongambia, pre-Santiago North/South Missions. Please stop telling the historians to change the mission name.)

Ken married his favorite wife, Queen Pamela Mills Mangum, on October 12, 1974, at the Los Angeles Temple. Over the next 16 years, they were blessed with 6 princesses and 3 princes.

Ken (Dad or Daddy to those born to him) is survived by:

His favorite daughter Elizabeth (Beth) Anne Adams and favorite son-in-law Chad Lewis Adams

His favorite daughter Katherine (Katie) Pamela Esplin and favorite son-in-law Vance Norman Esplin

His favorite son Robert (Rob) Rex Mangum and favorite daughter-in-law Caroline (Carrie) Anne Page

His favorite daughter Mary Louise Nelson and favorite son-in-law Scott Louis Nelson

His favorite son Marlow Kent Mangum

His favorite daughter Rebecca (BeQui) Ruth Chidester and favorite son-in-law Anthony William Chidester

His favorite son Jacob (Jake) Clark Mangum and favorite daughter-in-law Stephanie Ellen Mangum

His favorite daughter Tressa Rachel Furgason and favorite son-in-law Joshua (Josh) Eugene Furgason

His favorite daughter Patricia (Patty) Rose Orozco and favorite son-in-law Alan Geovanny Orozco

Dad (Papa, Pop Pop, Grandma with a Grandpa, or Grandpa, to those grandfathered by him) is survived by:

15 favorite granddaughters (Jessica, Kim, Emily, Raelee, Amber, Evie, Sammie, Alyssa, Aubrey, Cora, Sarah, Andrea, Olivia, Robbie, and Abby)

13 favorite grandsons (Tyler, Gavin, Trevor, Caden, Alex, Nate, Paul, Ben, Eddie, Holden, Chaskin, Harvey, and Finn)

2 favorite grandsons-in-law (Api and Nathan)

2 favorite great-granddaughters (Nova and Princess Peterson)

And 1 favorite great-grandson (Kaidon)

Papa (Kenny the Good Looking, to those brothered by him) is survived by:

His favorite sister Lorene the Loving Berrett and favorite brother-in-law Denney Berrett

His favorite brother Gary the Tall One Mangum and favorite sister-in-law Deanna Mangum

And his favorite brother Cory the Cute Mangum and favorite sister-in-law Brenda Mangum

As well as roughly 1,000,000 favorite nieces, nephews, nieces- and nephews-in-law, and great-nieces and nephews.

Ken was well known for his efforts to improve Boongambia. Ken made the honorable decision to never tax his subjects (except when there was an abundance of Smarties, m&m’s, or Twizzlers). He worked tirelessly to ensure his children could be cared for by his queen. His careers ranged from gas station clown to administrative assistant, hardware store manager to property manager, professional plasma manufacturer to printer, door-to-door salesman to general contractor, stucco applicator to cashier, newspaper deliverer to carpenter, seller of Nabisco and Clairol, and butcher to baker. Perhaps the only occupation Ken did not pursue was that of a candlestick maker.

Ken loved to learn, and earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in the lucrative field of Latin American History. He was a collector of rocks, words, pictures, and information. A sharer of fun facts and less-fun facts. A teller of stories and re-teller of those same stories. A photographer of nature, sunsets, and body parts. A lover of Jaws, Pepe, and Bear, and tolerator of Bagheera, pigeons, and ducks.

It’s impossible to describe the loss Boongambia has suffered. He brought it magic in the form of medicine, brushes, and cars going berserk. We ask for a moment of silence, followed by the Boongambian Ghost Chant in his honor.

Boom Chugga Lugga Lugga Boom Chugga Lugga Lugga Boom Chugga Lugga Lugga BOOM

Services will be held at Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Monday, February 10th. The viewing will begin at 9:45 and funeral at 11:00.


  • Beth Adams
  • Caden Esplin
  • Mary Nelson
  • Marlow Mangum
  • BeQui Chidester
  • Jake Mangum
  • Trevor Moses
  • Gary Mangum
  • Cory Mangum
  • Katie Esplin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Vance Esplin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rob Mangum, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Carrie Page, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tressa Furgason, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Josh Furgason, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chad Adams, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Scott Nelson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Anthony Chidester, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Stephanie Mangum, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Alan Orozco, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Patty Orozco, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Denney Berrett, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lorene Berrett, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Viewing Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020


Robert Kent Mangum

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Leslene Tucker

February 10, 2020

His light will be deeply missed in this world. Thank you for sharing a little peice of his life with me. My family and I have been deeply blessed by God to have been able to have Ken in are lives. I loved you could ask him any question and if he did not already know the answer he would help you find one. The pure love he expressed to his fellow mankind was something very special. THANK YOU BROTHER MANGUM for all the little things (that were big things to me)that you did or helped with with my family. Thank you for sharing your priesthood so sweet and beautiful with me when my dad moved away. Much love, hugs, and warmth sent to the family in this time of change.

Debra Wilson

February 7, 2020

On behave of an honorary family member I want to express my deepest condolences and heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his Queen, his FAVORITE family members, and all who knew him. He truly brought something special to this world as evident by his offspring. LOL.
Rest In Love Brother Mangum, you are already so missed.

Kim Matschull

February 7, 2020

Dear Beth & Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in prayer. ❤️
Many hugs,
Kim, Brian, Corbin, Chris, Andy & Sam