Rod Mansfield has returned to his Father in Heaven, with whom he maintained a close relationship. He had many achievements in his life. He served in the Air Force at Edwards AFB where he worked on aviation electronics for aircraft flown by Chuck Yeager and other record-breaking pilots. He met his eternal companion Sharon Johan Milbourne at Antelope Valley College in 1958. He and Sharon raised four children, Laurel, Randy, Ryan and Shawndra, who then gave him ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. Rod graduated from BYU in engineering. Early in his career he worked for Lockheed, Learjet and Summit Engineering, where he developed the Bandit CNC, which had a major role in launching the era of computerized machining. Later in his career he founded Albert Computer, Payday Controls, and Phonex. At Phonex he invented the Wireless Phone Jack a consumer electronics product that has sold in the millions of units and endured for more than 25 years. Rod enjoyed amateur radio with his grandson and many radio friends. He spent much of his free time teaching Ham radio and developing emergency communications systems for the LDS church. Rod was active in Scouting and Exploring on the unit and council level.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park Chapel, 17111 Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, UT. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.LegacyFunerals.com