BELL, David Landis|
David Landis Bell died of cancer on December 24, 2013 at the age of 67.
David has been on a mission his entire life. In the second grade, his class made Mother's Day cards. David took his school photo, drew his body, and dressed himself as a businessman in a suit and tie. Even at that age, he knew he wanted to be a respected leader.
After graduation from Travis High School in Austin, he moved to Houston and went to work at Fish Engineering. He managed a team that drew vessel models for oil pipelines. But David's dream was to be an entrepreneur so he returned to Austin in the early 1970's. He started a NeoLife distributorship where he won many awards and free trips.
In 1986 he met the love of his life, Carol Hardgrave, through Carol's niece, Judy Butler. They were engaged one month later and married on June 6, 1987. Carol had been using AMSOIL synthetic lubricants in her vehicle. David was not familiar with synthetics but got interested in AMSOIL and flew to Superior, WI in the middle of winter to learn about the company. He was immediately impressed and he and Carol became AMSOIL Dealers in 1988. There were not many training materials or training classes then, but, with his mechanical knowledge, he and Carol were able to build their business making the Direct Jobber level in 3 years.
David and Carol worked gun & knife shows as well as boat, motorcycle, truck and farm trade shows for a lot of years, traveling all over the country. They created their own training materials and held classes for their downline dealers. They provided leadership to their team through unparalleled training, encouragement, and opportunities to work larger trade shows.
David and Carol are now 5-Star Regency Direct Jobbers, and many in their team have also reached advanced levels. AMSOIL corporate always recognizes the Bell team which was over 100 strong (out of 650 total attendees) at the last convention in July, 2013.
David has made many friends with his customers and his downline dealers. But his family was also extremely important to him. He has coordinated the Bell Family Reunion for the last few years as well as other family gatherings. He was especially close to his Aunt Tootsie who he and Carol regularly took out to dinner. He was in constant communication with his family and was always concerned with their well-being.
Although David had so much more he wanted to accomplish, he was called home. He will be missed by all.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Alfred and Florence Bell.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; aunts, Blanche (Tootsie) Simmons and Kathleen Floyd and husband, R.C., and brothers, Alfred and wife, Jan and Jeff and wife, Linda; sisters-in-law, Shirley Howard and husband, Jack, and Frances Anderson and husband, Ira; nephews, Matthew Bell and wife Kim, JJ and wife, Nicki, Beau and wife, Keri, and Mace Bell, Judy Butler and husband, John and Robert Howard and Connie and their children and numerous cousins
A special thanks to all the doctors, therapists, and staff at Seton Northwest, and Austin Hospice Christopher House.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from two o'clock until four o'clock in the afternoon, on Friday, the 3rd of January 2014, at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North IH-35, Pflugerville, Texas.
Celebration of life will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 4th of January 2014, at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North IH-35, Pflugerville, Texas, 78660.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Eternal Way, 5555 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite D-115, Austin, TX 78751. The web site is: www.eternalway.org and the e-mail address is: email@example.com.
Words of comfort may be left for the family at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2014