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Mangis retires after decades at Ford firms


From left, Wade Jess, Dick Mangis and Steve Carlson at Mangis' retirement party Friday. - Scott Hunter photo

When Wade Jess took over the local Ford dealership from Carlson Motors, he thought mechanic Dick Mangis might be "the first to go," because of a sly smirk he'd detected at an initial employee meeting.

But Jess was 26 then, "and I'm an idiot kid," he said, noting the irony that he now looks back on Mangis' years of "dedication" and "loyalty" as an employee who even rode out winter storms at the business. "That's how dedicated he is."

Jess made those remarks at a retirement party for Mangis at La Presa Friday night attended by dozens of friends, co-workers and family.

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