Patrick Mangold-White, a restaurateur from Denver, dies in a fishing accident


Patrick Mangold-White was a falconer and fisherman and owned six restaurants in Denver and Fort Collins. (Provided by Zoe Makela)

Colorado restaurateur Patrick Mangold-White, 53, died on July 7th when he was hit by a fallen tree while on a fishing trip in Philipsburg, Mont.

Mangold-White owned Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina, Bird American Comfort Food, Kaos Pizzeria, and Mas Kaos Pizzeria + Taqueria in Denver and Fort Collins.

He leaves his wife Lisa, daughter Zoe Makela, son-in-law Nik Makela and many in the local restaurant and wine industry who also considered him family.

“He just had so many people to take into his family,” said Zoe Makela. “Actually, his whole thing for his business model was hiring college kids and letting them stay for as long as needed … He was the type of boss who paid (employees) to go to Mexico for tequila tastings, or the restaurant at Water World closed for a day, ”she laughed.

“He was just a love person, just always positive,” agreed friend and restaurant colleague Goose Sorensen. “His laugh was that big, loud, booming laugh. He wasn’t presumptuous and was always there to help people. “

“Anyone would be joking that you could hear him (laughs) from all over the corridor of Pearl Street,” added Makela.

Mangold-White was known for his previous career in wine distribution, for his first restaurant, Gaia; and for his permanent grocery stores in the neighborhood on South Pearl Street, Tennyson Street, 6th Avenue, and Fort Collins, where he and Lisa had recently moved to make room for the Hawks.

He kept two of them at home in an outdoor stable and told his daughter that he wanted to move where he could go outside and she could fly freely. Over the years, Mangold-White introduced many people around him to the sport of falconry. He also worked as a fly fishing guide and spent much of his free time on the water.

Patrick Mangold-White on a fishing trip. The Denver restaurateur was known for his friendly spirit and love of falconry and fishing. (Provided by Goose Sorensen)

“What he loved was his hunting birds, his wife and daughter, and the fishing,” said Sorensen. “He’s been through a lot of BS with his restaurants but always found a way.”

“He loved every ounce of (restaurants),” added Makela. “If there was a love-hate relationship, it was likely that he could no longer give his employees …”

For now, her family has been telling the restaurant staff, “If they feel they need to close (temporarily), they are welcome,” Makela said. Mangold-White was still very present in the restaurants.

And now his family has started a fundraising page to handle all related expenses, some particularly unexpected: “To add to the tragedy of Patrick Mangold-White’s death during his annual camping trip, we learned that his life insurance” was forfeited at the time of the accident, ”they explained on the GoFundMe page.

“It was very much like my father to die when his life insurance expired by a day,” added Makela.

She publicly posted on Facebook about her father’s death on July 8th and wrote, “My father was always terrified of hospitals. He said he didn’t want to die in a bed, and if he could choose one way to die it would be on the river. That’s what makes me smile right now. “

Details of Mangold-White’s memorial and “Life Party” will be announced before the end of the month, and Makela says she should check the restaurants’ social media feeds for announcements and updates.

Patrick Mangold-White (left) with daughter Zoe Makela, son-in-law Nik Makela and wife Lisa Mangold-White. (Provided by Zoe Makela)

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