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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Christopher Mancini

Christopher Mancini

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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Christopher Michel Mancini passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 10, 2020 in Vermillion South Dakota. Chris was born in Thousand Oaks California in early December of 1962, last child of the Henry and Phyllis Mancini Clan. Being the baby of the family he was treated with care but soon developed a personality that would be termed as being a handful having 3 older brothers and 1 older sister who spoiled him to their detriment later in life.
Chris, coming from a baseball family as his Mother and Father both coached Little League baseball teams, spent many hours at various ballparks, learning to play ball from his parents and brothers. He eventually played on his Mother’s team.
Chris attended Newbury Park High School where he discovered a love for photography. He photographed people, nature, animals and family gatherings. Later in life, he photographed many family and friends’ weddings. He won many awards for his innovative and touching photos. Along with photography, Chris loved the Beatles and he loved singing their songs because he knew every word of almost every song. Then he would tell the story of the song whether you wanted to hear about it or not.
After graduation from Newbury Park High School, he and mom and dad moved to Arroyo Grande CA where he worked several jobs, including at Katcho’s Shell Station on Grand Avenue, while going to Alan Hancock Community College. He eventually landed a job as a QC Inspector during construction of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach CA. He then worked at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo CA as an Aerospace Vehicle Technician Senior and traveled to various locations such as French Guiana in support of rocket launches for the European Space Agency.
After working at Hughes Aircraft for several years, he moved to the extreme northern part of California and attended Humboldt State University where he studied Engineering. With a newly minted Civil Engineering Certificate, he got a job at the California Department of Transportation (affectionately known as CalTrans) first in the local San Luis Obispo (SLO) district and then in the Crescent City (Del Norte County) district. He enjoyed working on the highway where he could observe and take pictures of (on his lunch hour of course) the wildlife, such as a moose wandering alongside the roadways and the rushing Smith River. In 2006, Chris transferred back to the SLO district, moving his family to Grover Beach CA. He retired at the end of 2017 and moved to Vermillion South Dakota.
The most important people in Chris’ life were his sons, Justin Michel (age 14), Joshua David (age 13) and Jared Iacino (age 21). He lived and breathed for those boys. His legacy lives on in them from Justin with his father’s love of the Beatles, curly hair and sunny smile to Joshua with his father’s curly hair, angelic face, a love of animals and electronics to Jared with a love of fishing and the ocean.
Chris was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Henry (in 2004) and Phyllis (in 2005) and his brother, Federico Steven (in 2015). Chris is survived by his sons, Justin, Joshua and Jared, and his sister Nikki (Tim), brothers Henry (Nancy) and Paul, his sister-in-law Madelyn, and nieces Julianna, Kendall, Annika, Shyla, nephews Steven and Cody and many cousins. There are no words to express how sorely and deeply Chris will be missed by his family especially his daily phone calls (sometimes 3 or 4 times a day) to describe his day, the boys’ day, the snow, rain and heat of South Dakota among so many other things.
There will be a memorial service at 4:00 PM on September 24 at the Clay County Park in Vermillion South Dakota. Chris will be buried with his parents at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery. Grave side services will be held later in 2020.
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Patti Duty

Posted at 02:56am
My dear friend,
I can't believe you’re with our Lord and Savior, I will never forget you!

Thank you for making me laugh and for cheering me up when I was feeling sad or blue. I will always remember your laugh, your smile, your crazy stories, (sorry hope this doesn't offend anyone) your farts and your burps...OMG... dang Chris-e-poo, they could be LOUD, LONG and SMELLY (which you were very proud of), and you'd laugh and say “there’s something to remember me by” and you’d leave the room.
Since you retired in 2017, I have missed those little things that could be annoying to me at times… Like your candy wrappers on my office floor (or wherever you felt like dropping them). I knew you’d been there, even if I wasn’t in my office when you stopped in.
Boy, what I'd give to find a wrapper now (I’d even go for a fart or burp)!
See you in heaven!
Your work wife (as you called me)
Patti Duty
Hey Chris…I am expecting candy wrappers instead of pennies, Love you my friend!
Prayers to your family and friends for peace and comfort

Pennies from Heaven
Submitted By: Beverly Faith

I found a penny today
Just laying on the ground.
But it's not just a penny
This little coin I've found.

Found pennies come from heaven
that's what my Grandpa told me.
He said Angels tossed them down
Oh, how I loved that story!

He said when an Angel misses you
They toss a penny down,
sometimes just to cheer you up
To make a smile out of your frown.

So don't pass by that penny
When you're feeling blue.
It may be a penny from heaven
That an Angel's tossed to you.


Renee Plotz

Posted at 11:33am
I will miss you my friend !! Until we meet again. Love and prayers to the family.

Fahmy Attia

Posted at 06:36pm
May Chris rest in peace.

Renee plotz Posted at 07:41pm

I will miss you with all my heart my friend...until we meet and prayers to the family.

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