Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dave Satel, BHS '68, Passed Away Last Night

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It's with a heavy heart I share this sad news which was posted on Dave's Facebook Wall by his wife, Sandy:

"Last night I lost the love of my life and soulmate for the 40 years! My husband David Satel is in Heaven. I have no words to explain I am in shock! He was the most loving kind, intelligent and caring husband and father. The Besto of Best. Babe I love you so much and will be with you!"

Please keep Sandy and her family in your prayers...



Found Dave's obituary in the Burbank Leader....,0,6814847.story

David James Satel December 6, 1949 - January 12, 2013

David James Satel
David James Satel (January 21, 2013

David James Satel was born on December 6, 1949 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. At a young age, his family moved to Burbank, CA. During his school years, David attended John Muir Jr. High, Burbank High and Pierce Community College. David served in the US Army after high school. David married his soul mate, Sandy in December 1972.

With his love, passion and intellect, David started a vending machine repair business, David’s Vending Sales&Repair, out of the garage of his Burbank home. In 1974, David’s Vending relocated to its current address at 800 S. San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502. There, David expanded his operations to include the distribution, repair and restoration of vending machine equipment. David is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandy, his two children, David and Lisa, his companions, Petee and Candy, family and friends.

Services will be held on Tuesday, January 22 at 1 pm at Pierce Brothers Cemetery in North Hollywood.


Here is a excerpt from Vending Times about Dave...

As for the bad news: we were saddened to learn of the death of David Satel, the founder of David's Vending Sales & Repair (Burbank, CA). We had the pleasure of visiting that company (see VT, June 1989), and we think the story of its inception and growth is indicative of this industry's receptivity to talented, sociable people who are good at what they do.

Born in Canada, Satel grew up in southern California and graduated from Burbank High School in 1968. He always had a talent for making machines work and, after completing his military service with the U.S. Army, he went to work as a mechanic for a small, local vending company. That business failed; the owner turned over his client list to Satel in lieu of back wages, and Satel went out to find other operating companies in the area to serve those accounts.

This introduced him to the regional vending industry, and to operators with unserviceable machines that they were eager to sell. Initially working from his garage, he repaired and resold them, and developed an operator clientele. David's Vending Sales & Repair was established to put this business on a more formal footing.

Satel's success as a local vender refurbisher and independent vending technician led to some unusual opportunities. Among the old machines he purchased were a number of classic refrigerated bottle venders, especially Coca-Cola machines. Rather to his surprise, he found that many people in the greater Los Angeles area were eager to have one for their rec rooms. He tracked down the authentic paint (and a craftsman who actually had applied that paint, when the machines were new).

This all attracted attention, and his private customers came to include luminaries of the motion picture industry. He found and rebuilt a Coke delivery van of the correct vintage (motor vehicles were another specialty of his), and was able to locate a bottler in the center of the state who still could supply the beverage in 6.5-fl.oz. glass bottles. This enabled David's Vending to offer his "carriage trade" route delivery and pickup of The Real Thing. And Satel became known as a resource in the film community; among other novel commissions, he provided the genuine 1955 Pepsi-Cola machine for the 1985 movie "Back to the Future."

Satel is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sandy, and children David and Lisa. He will be missed, and no one ever will do quite what he did, but his example should inspire imaginative young mechanics.

Source: Vending Times

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