She was born February 26, 1947, in Nampa, to Melvin and Melba Mangum. Linda called Boise her home, even though she lived in a number of places throughout her life. She attended Capitol Elementary and South Junior High in Boise, ID, graduated from Kennewick High School in Kennewick, WA, and received her degree in engineering from Clark College in Vancouver, WA. She met her husband, Dale, while working together on a survey crew. They were married June 16, 1979, and moved back to Boise. From there, Dale joined the Army, which let Linda and her family live in North Carolina, Italy, and Germany.
In 1992, with Dale out of the Army, Linda worked at the University of Idaho, in Moscow, and later held several positions in human resources in the Seattle area, eventually becoming a certified Professional in Human Resources and vice president of HR at her company.
She is survived by her mother, Melba; her husband, Dale; her children, Jamison (Carin) and Sarah (Nicholas); and grandchildren, Connor, Hannah, Emma, and Benjamin. The family requests that donations be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in lieu of flowers.