Jim Mang

Profile Updated: February 2, 2010
Jim Mang
Residing In: Canyon Country, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Ann Mang
Occupation: Retired
Children: Kristie Mang Leiner, daughter
Brandon Leiner, 15, grandson
Griffin Leiner, 11, grandson
More… Preston Leiner, 7, grandson
Michael J. Mang, son
Brooke Mang, 15, granddaughter
Chad Mang, 11, grandson
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Ann and I were married in 1966. Kristie was born in 1967 and Mike in 1969. We moved to the Santa Clarita area in 1969 when we outgrew the small two bedroom home we were renting in Granada Hills. In 1976 we moved to Acton and enjoyed horses, chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, and miscellaneous wildlife on our five acres. Mike liked dirt biking in the hills, but other than a short time on horseback, Kristie was a city girl and didn't like the country. In 1994, with the coming birth of two grandchildren, we moved back to Canyon Country in the Santa Clarita Valley to be closer to our daughter and her husband, Kyle, and our son and his wife, Rory. Our family grew by a granddaughter for Mike and Rory and a grandson for Kristie and Kyle that year. Four years later we were blessed with the birth of two more grandsons, one for each family. Four years after that, in 2002, Kristie and Kyle had another, third and final, son to finish off our family for the time being.

The five grandkids are a large part of our lives. We never miss a school function or sporting event if we are in town(and Grandma usually arranges to be in town!). We are fortunate to have all our family living near us in the Santa Clarita Valley.

We have definitely learned to understand and appreciate the words written by a great philosopher "Grandchildren are the reward you get for not strangling your teenagers!"

After forty-three years in the water conditioning business, we sold the company in 1997 and have been retired since. The most asked question when we sold the business was "What are you going to do with all the free time?" Well, when we get time to consider the question, we'll think of an answer!

We have been fortunate to be able to take some fantastic trips over the years. We have seen China, Thailand, Nepal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Canada, the Caribbean and parts of Europe and South America. We have taken many driving trips through the U.S. as well as seeing Alaska and Hawaii. We love to cruise and have been through both the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal.

Traveling and family functions are on our agenda, hopefully, for many years to come.

Jim and Ann

School Story:

Our senior class had ditch day at Disneyland. Everyone had dinner in the Disneyland Hotel and our instructions were to stay in the hotel until the buses were to be boarded. Well, Leon Woodrow and I decided to hop on the monorail and go back into the park for just a short time. When we got to the park, we found that the Carnation Company had rented the whole park for a private party. We talked our way in and went to a location that had a band and dancing. After a few dances, we decided it was time to head back. We hopped on the monorail hoping to arrive back in time to get on the bus without anyone noticing that we had been gone. The monorail had mechanical problems and we were stuck for 40 to 50 minutes up in the air. By the time the monorail was approaching the hotel, we could see that all the buses were gone except one. We knew we were in big trouble!
When the monorail door opened, we started running at top speed to get to the bus. Jim being Jim, of course, tried to run through a turnstile the wrong way and knocked the whole thing down. We just kept running for two reasons. One was to get to the bus and the other was so we wouldn't get caught for damaging the turnstile! We made the bus, but not without some punishment. We were not allowed to attend another senior function at the fairgrounds.

There are many other stories I could tell, but I don't want to incriminate myself or others who may seek revenge!

Jim