David Mangelson Zaugg passed away at the age of 84, on September 19, 2022, in Clearfield, Utah, concluding a life of faith, service, and hard work. He was born in Ogden, Utah, on July 9, 1938, to Inez Marie Mangelson and Karl David Zaugg.
David grew up on the family farm in Syracuse, Utah, where he developed a lifelong love of farming and a prodigious work ethic. He was educated at schools in Davis County and graduated from Davis High. David attended Utah State University, where he met his sweetheart, Delores Collett. They were married on August 28, 1963, in the Logan Temple. During college, David was selected to be an International Farm Youth Exchange student in Venezuela, where he lived, worked, and learned for six months.
After his graduation from Utah State, David attended Air Force pilot training in Del Rio, Texas. He was then stationed at Charleston Air Force Base, where he flew the C-141 Star Lifter on missions around the globe during the Vietnam War. After completing his active duty in the Air Force, David returned to Utah State University to earn his MBA. He then opened a business in Clearfield, Utah, the HMC Rental Center. David joined the Air Force Reserves and flew the C-124 Globemaster and the T-33 Shooting Star at Hill Air Force Base, where he also became a contract administrator, retiring in 2004.
He loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, and faithfully served in many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including full-time service as a missionary in the Western Canadian Mission from 1958 to 1960. Dave and his wife, Delores, served two missions together. The first was in the Thailand Bangkok Mission doing humanitarian work after the devastating tsunami of 2004. They also served a family history mission in the Micronesia Guam Mission.
Dave loved spending time with his family at “Z Pines,” their recreational property in Wyoming, where they built a bunkhouse, a bathhouse, and a large shop, which was constructed from logs they cut down on site and milled themselves. An outdoors enthusiast, Dave loved camping, hiking, fishing, and backpacking. He was also an avid runner, and for 50 years he meticulously tracked the miles he ran each week.
Dave was a farmer at heart. He grew alfalfa, corn, wheat, pumpkins, and all kinds of produce, which he sold at grocery stores and farmers markets. His most important crop, however, is still growing—his family of nine children, 37 grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. He generously shared his vegetables with others and gave freely of his time and talents to help with any project. A skilled mechanic, craftsman, and carpenter, Dave could repair or build anything.
David leaves behind a legacy of love and faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Delores; his children, Thomas (Misty), Laura (Mike) Middleton, Terri (Dwayne) Varnell, Linda (Lane) Austin, James (Lynette), Jill (Rob) Rudman, Sherry (Stephen) Groo, Daniel (Becky), and Evan (Toni); his grandchildren; his great granddaughters; his siblings, Myrna Wilcox, Wilma (Sam) Brewster, Marcy Fairborn, Mark (Carolyn), and Ray (Pat); and by many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude for the loving care provided by the staff at the memory care unit at Chancellor Gardens at Clearfield and the caregivers at Valeo Home Health and Hospice. We also appreciate the kindness and support given by many loved ones, neighbors, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Syracuse 4th Ward Chapel (1625 South 1100 West, Syracuse, Utah) on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing at Lindquist’s Syracuse Mortuary (869 South 2000 West, Syracuse, Utah) on Friday, September 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the chapel on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The interment will be at the Syracuse City Cemetery.