Daniel D. Mangieri

Daniel D. Mangieri, 84, passed away on November 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  He was born on December 19, 1932 in New York to Daniel R. Mangieri and Clementina (Ciocci) Mangieri. Dan is survived by his wife, Jolene; sons, Danny (and wife, Mae) and Mark (and wife, Jonica); daughter, Janice (and mate, Darryl); seven grandsons: Wesley, Michael, Steven, Joseph, Joel, Daniel, and Derek, as well as countless relatives and friends.

Dan had a storied 24-year career as a system integration and test engineer for NASA, making many contributions to the nation’s space program. He joined NASA in 1965 at the Resident Apollo Spacecraft Office in Bethpage, New York where he was a test engineer for the Lunar Modules that landed astronauts on the moon. He often proudly told us “my fingerprints are on the moon”.  In 1971, he moved to the Manned Spacecraft Center (now called the Johnson Space Center) in Houston where he went on to work on the Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs. He retired from NASA in 1989.

Dan loved traveling, photography, movies, and technology. Above all, Dan loved spending time with his wife of 62+ years, children, and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on the 85thanniversary of his birth, December 19, 2017 at 2pm in the Crowder Funeral Home – Webster, TX.


  1. My dad, always the life of any party…he will truly be missed! Love you, Dad!

    Jan Mangieri
  2. My dearest Uncle Danny… i have such fond memories of you, especially your stellar sense of humor… You will be missed and forever loved…
    Susan Macheskie

    Susan Macheskie
  3. My fabulous brother !
    May he rest in the peace he deserves.
    He was such a wonderful part of my life and such a great example to me.
    I will miss him terribly .

    Lou Mangieri
    • Love you UL! You’re the best, and my dad loved & was so proud of his baby brother ❤️

  4. Rest In Peace cuz

    Lou Ciocci
  5. Dan we will miss you and we know you are with God looking down on your family and protecting them I will miss your sense of humor and your wonderful smile

    love you Harold & Dianne Battaglia

    dianne battaglia
  6. Dan loved his family, friends and career. He was always a strong man and admired by many. Rest in Peace. You will be missed !

    Robert Cogburn
  7. I worked for Dan for several years on the Space Station Freedom Program. Since I was the youngest one in the office, Dan took me under his wing and was my mentor. He always seemed larger than life, and nobody who worked with him ever forgot him. Watching the exchanges between Dan and Bill Andrews was a life lesson in how you could be good friends with someone even if you were constantly arguing with them!

    Ed Strong
    • Thank you, Ed ❤️

  8. Dad had so many influences on me ❤️
    Engineering, curiosity, ingenuity, frugality, exploration, wonder, perseverance.
    We will miss him always … but his legacy lives on through us ❤️

    Mark Mangieri
  9. Going to miss his witty comments on the world.
    Love ya G-Pa
    Keep a lookout for us down here.

    Joel Scanlon
  10. Jolene, Dan, Mark and Janice,
    You were our family when we moved to Texas in 1973. So many fond memories of Christmas Eve’s at Joe and Louise’s house. Danny was my Godfather when I made my Confirmation. So many good times. The trip back to NY. Danny teaching Louise and I how to water ski. Louise and I want to extend our condolences. We miss mom and dad so much and we share in your grief. I know Danny is in heaven busting my mom’s chops. Take Care.
    Matt McKeon
    Louise Allen

    Matt Mckeon and Louise Allen
  11. I have been part of your family since 1971. You are an amazing father, you have a strong competitive spirit and always enjoy life with your family and friends. It was my good fortune to have you in my life. We shared so many great memories over the years. Last thing we shared together was watching the Astros during the playoffs. By the way, Astros won The World Series, I am sure you saw that from above! I will miss you dearly and love you always! Jimmy Wang

    James Wang
  12. Amazing story about your years with NASA,I wish I could have met you Dan,but I did meet Dan and Mae.I feel like I did know you. I always thought being a part of NASA would be the ultimate job an aviation space environment. I was a mechanic for the Airlines for 26 years,we would have had a lot to talk about. God bless and keep you Dan and peace to all your loved ones.

    David and Joyce Mangieri
  13. Dan,

    I will miss you, Buddy. I enjoyed working with you in the Space Station Projects Office.
    May God bless you. You are in my prayers.

    Bill Simon

    William E. Simon
  14. I will miss you, Buddy. I enjoyed working with you in the Space Station Projects Office.
    May God bless you. You are in my prayers.

    Bill Simon

    William E. Simon
  15. Although we met later in your life we certainly enjoyed sharing your table at Carmeliters the last several years. You always had a twinkle in your eye, a good joke to tell and lots of interesting stories about your life. May you rest in peace. Carmeliters will never be the same without your wit and humor. Hugs, Grace…and Jedd Green

    Grace Green
  16. I shared an office with Danny during the early Space Station “Freedom ” years. We worked together, traveled together and ate many meals together. He was always good for a laugh and made the tough work time lighter. He was always a showman but there was great wisdom behind his antics. He was part of the team that inspired me to try a little harder and as a result, I eventually became the Logistic Engineering Manager of the ISS. Thanks Danny for the help and all the wonderful pushes along the way. When you see Jonah, ask him about his time in the Whale. LOL! May God bless all of Danny’s dear family for he is truly missed.

    Chuck Howard. NASA Retired
  17. The Andrews have lost a part of our family. Uncle Dan was always the life of the party! He will be sorely missed… Thank you for being part of my life.

    Jim Andrews
    • I am missing you and will always love you! <3

      Much Love,

      Jolene M
  18. Sorry for the delay, just found out about Mr. Mangieri’s passing, today. What a great guy. He was the coolest NASA engineer around. He pulled us, endlessly, water skiing up Clear Creek. He let us play hoops in his driveway, late at night (I know the Tonneson’s loved that). He was a fun guy, always laughing and joking. Took the time to get to know his kids friends. I remember him working with Mark hot rodding Danny’s Charger (and later, trying to keep Mark OUT of that Charger). Later, when I came back in town to visit, I’d always walk down the street to say hi, have a cold one (and maybe a Mrs. M’s meatball or sausage). He loved his family and loved life. He’ll be missed, but never, ever forgotten. Condolences. Jim

    Jim Fikar
  19. I remember all those times coming over to the Mangieri household in CLC on weekends from SFA with my buddy Dan, and the hospitality Mr./Mrs. Mangieri always showed me there; I still can see Mr. Mangieri in his “relaxed” Saturday state, five o’clock shadow, t-shirt, always joking, always kidding around with me and Dan, especially Dan, and Mrs. Mangieri quietly enjoying the show with Mark and Jan somewhere in the background nearby. I found it all very amusing, they both were characters! Makes me smile to remember it all. It will certainly be a grand day to see him when that time comes. God rest him.

    Rick Coe

Leave Your Condolences

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. Basic HTML code is allowed.