David Andrew Savula
1947 - 2016
BORN
1947
DIED
2016
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H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel
173 Allen Road Ne
Sandy Springs, GA
David Andrew Savula

David Andrew Savula, 68, born in Mogadore, Ohio, and a resident of Dawsonville, Ga. and Pawley's Island, S.C., died on June 17, 2016.

David (Dave) Savula is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly J. Savula; son and daughter-in-law, David John and Joy Savula; son, Michael P. Savula; grandchildren, Andrew, Jamie and Morgan Savula; and sister, Joan Moulton.

Dave had been battling sarcoidosis for more than two years, but never wavered in his passion to help others succeed, nor in his fight to conquer the disease.

Dave was a stranger to no one, with a personality larger than life that will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues. Dave was a strong patriarch of his family, and leaves behind a legacy of love and lifetime memories of happiness. He was also the top leader of LegalShield's independent sales force for the past 24 years, as well as a highly-esteemed football coach in the NW Georgia Youth Football SLeague for 30 years.

To honor Mr. Savula's wishes, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Foundation for the Pearlstine Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, South Carolina 29425 or online at musc.edu/giving/medicine - please note Dave Savula in the "Tribute Information" section of the donation page.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Ga., with long-time friend Rev. Jeff Keeble officiating. A reception will be held at the church immediately following the funeral services in his honor.


Published by Akron Beacon Journal on Jun. 23, 2016.
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I will Never forget the first time I meet Dave on that charter bus. Dave will be missed. Many have been touched and motivated by Him.
Adam Shaffer
Coworker
January 7, 2018
Marina Arias
July 20, 2016
My gratitude for you enduring legacy of bravery, humility, joyfulness and manliness. God bless you, Dave. Peace be to your beautiful wife and wonderful family.
Marty Becklenberg
July 7, 2016
Dave was here for a short time but left a Legacy for the ages. His presence was electric, his humor was original and the path he blazed will eternally be there for those souls adventurous enough to follow. We'll miss you "Coach"
Love, Jay P and Robbin M.
Jay Pratley
July 2, 2016
We just Loved this man. He made everyone around him feel like a friend, and his generous nature filled up every room he entered with laughter, joy, and warmth. You will be missed here, but heaven will be filled with your joyous presence. Our warm and heartfelt condolences to Bev and his sweet family.
Robbin & Jay Martinelli-Pratley
July 2, 2016
Your light will never go out for all of us that knew you and Loved You.
Cheryl Simpson
June 29, 2016
Dear Bev, David, Michael and Grandchildren, We are very saddened to hear of Dave's passing. You are in our hearts and prayers. May our loving Lord give comfort to each of you.

It's been forty plus years since your young family lived across the road from us in Suffield, Ohio. I cherish those memories and so happy to still call you my friend Bev !! God Bless You all.

R.I. Heaven Dave ..
Pete & June Horschak
June 28, 2016
Dave Savula loved life, and he was a shining example because he lived love! We mourn the absence of his physical presence but he is still with all of us whose lives he touched through his friendship, fellowship and partnership. Our love and condolences to his family, we love you Bev and family and continue to hold you up in prayer for peace and strength. Special thanks to Bev for sharing Dave with so many, your contributions enabled him to be Dave and if it weren't for your involvement, we literally would not be in this awesome business.

I never think of death as "losing" someone, because I don't believe we've lost them, for they are still with us in a very real way. Dave's spirit and influence will be felt for multiple generations. We love you Dave, are so glad we knew you, that our young daughter met you, that we were mentored by you and we feel blessed to be counted as friends.
Susan Byrtus
June 28, 2016
Lifting you all up in prayer.. Thank you for sharing Dave..As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jeannette Davis
June 28, 2016
Dave,
We lost a great leader and a great person rest in peace.
Love Mari
Mari Rivera-Seggerman
June 27, 2016
Dave Savula's success was an inspiration to me, he cut and lived a template of strong example that showed myself & others that with persistence and a good opportunity we just might succeed as well...when he entered a room, no one need tell you that he had arrived, his spirit had a remarkable light and an undeniable presence that lifted everyone to a brighter state...Dave Savula's humor, wit and savvy helped a person hope & dream a better life for themselves...Another friend, the famous Les Brown once said, that he wanted to live his life with such value that when it was his time he wanted to leave such a "hole" in the world, that 10's of thousands would exclaim "How in heaven's name would they ever be able to fill the hole left by his passing!!!" Well the loss of Dave's irreplaceable presence has had a like effect on thousands....and I, for one, will be eternally grateful for the impact, inspiration and lessons learned form him...
~ Doug Maccorkell ( Youngstown, Ohio)
Douglas Maccorkell
June 27, 2016
Bev and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss, our hearts remain heavy with the loss of such a caring and inspirational man. I have many memories growing up around your family including a "digging for gold" excursion you took us on during a visit on our way to Florida. You have always been such a wonderful part of our extended family and know that we are all here should you ever need us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, Dave's laugh, jokes and memories will continue to carry on.

Love,
Kristan Kapper and Jeff
June 27, 2016
One of the greatest impact ever made to mankind is the impact for all eternity. It is a great loss among our presence, yet his life, his love and his legacy remains according to scripture (Proverbs 13:22). He was a great leader and sometimes even in death, men lead from their grave. The times I personally recall on his conference call truly touched my life with such humility and laughter. We all desire to have significance, security and unconditional love only from God. I sense he was a Christian man at heart exemplifying the life we should live. To Mrs. Beverly Savula, it's like I been knowing both of you over the years. I recorded many of his calls and just knowing he is no longer with us, his spirit and passion remains. I declare and decree what I must do to command my presence in this world. To God be the glory in His divine majesty and excellence! Pastor Johnny Thomas Legal Shield Independent Associate
Johnny Thomas
June 27, 2016
My deepest condolence to the Savula Family, I am sadden to have lose an amazing mentor, leader, and business partner. He will be truly missed in the LegalShield family,but never forgotten...Rest In Heaven Dave, I know you will keep them laughing..Love ya!!
Darroyl Cooper
June 27, 2016
Bev & Family,
We were deeply saddened by the news of Daves passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May your fond memories bring you peace and comfort...RIP David

Love,
Brian, Denise, Bradley & Benjamin Kapper ....
Brian & Denise Kapper
June 27, 2016
My deep heartfelt condolences and prayers for Bev and the entire Savula family.
Always a coach, a leader, an inspiration, a friend to all, a smile, a hug, and so much more that will be missed. I could go on and on, the memories will live on in our hearts.
Thank you Bev, for sharing Dave with us. God bless you and stay strong.
Susan Rothacker
June 27, 2016
Dave was always my hero and my deceased husband, Hans, and I always felt like he had our back. When Hans died, I so appreciated both Bev and Dave for supporting me and my team through the rough waters of going on alone.

I know that the good Lord is rewarding Dave for helping all the people he touched during his lifetime and I feel so honored to have known him and to have been able to spend time with him. Dave always believed in us more than we believed in ourselves. He noted our efforts not our results. We go on without him but he will always be in our hearts urging us on to be the best we can be.

Say hi to Hans for me, Dave.
Linda Voldengen
June 27, 2016
Til we see you again Dave! Thoughts and prayers are with your family Bev!

With Love and Respect,
Karri Hayes
June 27, 2016
Til we see you again Dave! Thoughts and prayers are with your family Bev!

With Love and Respect,
Karri Hayes
June 27, 2016
Til we see you again Dave! Thoughts and prayers are with your family Bev!

With Love and Respect,
Karri Hayes
June 27, 2016
Our hearts go out to you Beverly and your family . While people will tell you over and over again how Amazing Dave was and how we all loved him, it was you that shared him with all of us. It was your generosity that drove the Man. Your love and devotion. We all just experienced the by product of the love and support he enjoyed at home. The rich full life that nurtured his soul that led to the Highest levels of his achievement . Thank you for letting Dave into all of our lives. Phil and I are grateful for Daves intense passion and committment to his leadership. LegalShield will not be the same without Dave. Yet, because of him we shall carry this mission forward . God be with ALL OF YOU to comfort you at this time. Much love. The Shannon's
Peggy and Phil Shannon
June 26, 2016
Dave's impact on our lives is immeasurable. Bev, your contribution behind the scenes and sharing him with all of us is appreciated beyond words.
Rick & Kathy Allen
June 26, 2016
Many blessings to Dave's Family and close friends. I shall always remember his passion and love of his LegalShield family. Thank you for your generosity in supporting Dave in his efforts on our behalf. MB - Chicago
June 26, 2016
My wife and I had the privilege of meeting Dave twice. The last time was the Indianapolis Super Saturday in 2014. That weekend changed us and our business and kept us in the business. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your inspiration.
Earl & Linda Smith
Milwaukee Wisconsin
Earl & Linda Smith
June 26, 2016
Dave and I started our friendship in 1st grade, where we spent the next 12 years sharpening our skills together. We were teammates on the football and baseball fields. We watched each other grow up (little town of Mogadore) marry and raise children. I'll forever miss your humor, stories, but most of all the 63 years of friendship we've shared. Kathy and I will be forever grateful for having you, Bev, and your families in our lives. We love you Dave Savula!! RIP our dear friend!!! God Bless the Savula Family. Our Hearts are broken!! God took one of Mogadore's "BEST" Love, Rich & Kathy
Rich & Kathy Kapper
June 26, 2016
Mrs. Savula, you and your family will forever be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing Mr. Savula with us. The knowledge I gained from him over my years in Pre Paid/LegalShield has forever changed my life. What a wonderful man he was. He lives in the hearts of so many.
Nakisha Simmons
June 26, 2016
Paul De La Torre
June 26, 2016
Mrs. Savaula, you and your family have my condolences. I am a stranger to you, but I feel like part of your family.
Much love and respect,

Anna Dobbs
Independent LegalShield Associate
Anna Dobbs
June 25, 2016
Dave was a giant of a man, personality, and leader. God bless Daves's family. And I know that he will be leading the charge in the next phase of his life. Bless you Dave Savula and his family.
Beverly Hall
June 25, 2016
What a wonderful man... Peace and comfort to his loved ones. Erin k
Erin Knittle
June 25, 2016
Dave was a tremendous leader of men in everything he did. He was a man every young boy hopes to be and every old man wishes he was! I was blessed to know him in LegalShield and through mutual friends. Dave's use of his life will out live his life because of the imprint he made on the world and by pouring into others. He will be missed by thousands and his legacy will grow.
Craig Edland
June 25, 2016
I took it for granted that Dave would always be around. He was always there, a lighthouse, shining brightly for all of us who knew him. A true leader who led by example. You wanted to follow him. You couldn't wait to suit up and be a part of his vision and excitement. Everyone loved Dave and he loved everyone back. He really cared about you. He moved smoothly through life never meeting a stranger and always leaving friends behind.
I'm very grateful and blessed for the time I spent with him. I learned so much. He was my friend. I promise to do better!

All my love, thoughts and prayers for Bev and family.
Lloyd Tosser
June 25, 2016
I am proud to have called Dave a friend for the past 18 years. I love him and his family as if they were my own family. We ARE family. You are missed already.

-Jan Tinder
Jan Tinder
June 25, 2016
Dave was one of those people that was a thrill to learn from. God Bless your family in this time of loss.

David
David Sallee
June 25, 2016
I am so saddened by Dave's passing. I don't have the words to describe what he meant to us in the Legal Shield family. I saw him many times and he was such an inspiration to us all - and funny... My heart goes out to his close knit family; I can only imagine the sorrow you feel. You were truly blessed to have him in your life as we all were.
Jean Collins
Jean Collins
June 25, 2016
I meet Mr. Savula early on in my legalshield career. He was the most caring person i have ever meet. Open and willing to help you in anyway possible. Just being in the same room with him was inspiring. Mr. Savula you will live on in all that you touched in your lifetime. I'm so proud to say i knew you. God bless your family.
Frank Roberts
June 25, 2016
My family and I owe so much to Dave for his mentoring and friendship! RIP Dave. I know that you and Rod are sharing stories and telling jokes in Heaven! Thoughts and prayers going out to the Savula family. May the Lord bless you with His comfort and peace!
Sandie Evansen
June 25, 2016
There are few people you remember meeting the first time but my first meeting with Dave is indelibly etched in memory. He was always gracious, always generous and unfailingly entertaining. And in his humor was a story filled with wisdom and support for others. Dave has gone but his stories and wisdom live on. His legacy is in a company that in no small part he has shaped and nurtured. My condolences to his entire family and especially to Bev and Mike. I feel privileged to have known you all.
Lorna Rasmussen
June 25, 2016
Although I did not have the privilege of meeting or knowing "Dave" personally, his life has already touched mine, through the business he so loved. His passion, principles and wisdom will continue to affect me for the rest of my life, of that I am certain.
Carole Webster
June 25, 2016
Dave will be missed here on Earth and Loved in Heaven !!! His speaches (coachings) would make you laugh and cry !!! His enthusiasm was endless!! His stories were priceless!!
His legacy will live on forever !!
Thoughts and Prayers to Bev, his children and grandchildren in this time of sorrow and reflection.
Timothy and Ann Maler
June 25, 2016
I am so honored and blessed to have known you Mr.Savula or Big Dave as we like to call you . Thank you for paving the road for all of us and all of your excellent training and support. We love you and will continue to miss you but Thank God we have your trainings in audio and video so we can continue to hear your voice and your great antics !! Rest in peace until we meet again, thank you to Bev and You for everything!! Rich Katz and Kelly Sherrell
Kelly Sherrell
June 25, 2016
I had the pleasure of hearing Dave speak at an event for Legal Shield back in 2006. He was an infectious person that you wanted to spend more time with to gain any knowledge you could. He made everyone feel like he was your friend. He will be missed by many. He was a great example of how to live life and leave a legacy. Prayers to those who's hearts ache without him.
Denise Harrel Djinis
June 25, 2016
Our prayers are with the Savula family.
E. C and Gwendolyn Burnett
June 25, 2016
To Bev and Boys, thank you for sharing Dave with us so generously for all of these years. He was so passionate and shared from his heart when he spoke. I was always inspired by him and looked forward to every time I got to see him on stage. He always made me laugh hard and I will miss him terribly. His legacy lives on, and by the magic of video we will be able to see him again and again. I can't even imagine your sorrow, but I hope you find comport in knowing how many lives he positively impacted and that he was loved by all.
Pat Herberger
June 25, 2016
Dave,
You will be missed by all, Condolences to his family.
Phillip Hathcock
June 25, 2016
On behalf of the Cox family, our condolences go out to the Savula family. When I found out that Dave Savula passed, I pulled over the side of the road and started crying. Legal Shield is a great company and when I met Dave and Bev Savula, I knew that if they can do this business , I could. Dave told me to keep the business simple and remember to never give up. I remember 20 years ago that he told me to say to a prospect that I have something to show you, do you have 15 minutes, you may or may not be interested. Those 18 words hold true today. Thanks Dave for your true leadership. May you rest in peace.
Michael Cox
June 25, 2016
Mr. Dave Savula was a treasure given to us to love, learn and grow in whatever we set our hearts to do. He was a great motivator, teacher who will be missed dearly. May the God of All Comfort rest, rule and abide with his family, friends, loved ones, and business partners. Well done Mr. Savula.
Jonathan Jones
June 24, 2016
Our condolences to the Dave Savula family. Our hearts and prayers for you in Love and blessings! May God hold you in His Hand in Love and Peace. We know that God placed Dave on this earth for His plan and His purposes and that Dave did touch the lives of many families. God Bless you All! Pastor Gary and Karen Munger.
June 24, 2016
I've knew Dave since our High School days playing baseball together, Marine Core Reserves and many connections over the years as a great friend! Dave was a competitive person in all aspects of his life and an absolute wonderful human being. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. My condolences to Beverly and family...so, so sorry to hear the news.
Nelson & Marlene Leatherwood
Nelson Leatherwood
June 24, 2016
The old world may have lost a person, but heaven has gained an Angel. Thank you, Dave for fullfilling God's purpose for your life. Impacting the lives of many.....In a very special way. You will be deeply missed, now rest until we all meet again. Sending prayers, hugs & love to your family!
Chauncey & LaToshia Key
June 24, 2016
Dave was a fine man and we will miss him! Condolences to Bev and all his family.
Don & Phyllis Whigham
June 24, 2016
I was shocked when I found my coach, mentor, great friend, and a legend leaving a legacy behind. I will Always remember all the memories we had and when I got to sit down with Dave one on one He said to me I see greatness in you and your going to be successful. Rest In Paradise and Angel forever Missed You Dave Savula.
Nathaniel Success
June 24, 2016
Coach Dave Savula, was not only my business mentor but life coach. He will always hold a very special place in my family's heart. I can only hope to emulate his fantastic attitude and passion to help others. He went out on top and his team will continue to #DoItForDave forever!
Linda Masoli
June 24, 2016
Praying for the family in their time of need, RIP Mr. Dave Savula.
Arlene Watson
June 24, 2016
It is really hard to even write this, here on this page.
Our hearts are still in a stage of sadness! But we know for a fact that Dave is having a blast shaking everybody hands in Heaven. Dave was definitely the BEST motivating speaker I have ever heard.....he would make you laugh while still making you understand to move forward. Dave was a true friend, a friend who cared about you and your family!
He always had a CAN DO ATTITUDE! He always believed in you and knew you could do it!
We so much appreciate Dave and Bev ......to many Dave was an Uncle to them in LegalShield BUT to us Dave was like a "Dad" to us.
There are SO MANY MEMORIES of Dave, So Many!
They will never be forgotten - From the airplane story to the blue tooth story pulling himself over! To talking to his suitcase in the airport. To..... that's your phone this is my phone..
All we know....WE LOVE DAVE and WE LOVE BEV!
And we need to continue to do what Dave started, to build bigger, to talk to more people letting them we can help!
We need to have a CAN DO ATTITUDE - a YES I CAN ATTITUDE.
Dave Thank you my friend THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS BELIEVING IN US.
Bill Harrel and Brenda Anderson
June 24, 2016
I will miss his passionate, tough love, motivational and humorous speeches at Convention next month. He touched the heart and was a beacon of light. Grateful to have witnessed his presence. Condolences to his family.
Milinda Alston-Murrain
June 24, 2016
Dave was such a great inspiration with his passion and stories. I am so glad that I personally got to meet him.
Bunny
Bunny Belden
June 24, 2016
From day one in the business I'm had a honor to meet Dave at a lunch on down on camelback here in AZ then the Saturday for my 1st Super Saturday. It was a honor sir to be in your organization. Underneath Mr.Larry Smith Thank you sir for everything
Robin Garrett
June 24, 2016
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June 24, 2016
Cousin Beverly and Family,

The Arnold family would like to send our condolences to you for your loss. Thinking of you during this somber time.

Dave and Cheryl Arnold
Akron, Ohio
June 24, 2016
Dave was a great inspiration to us. His laugh and humor kept us committed when we thought about quoting this business. We will continue to keep his wife Bev and their family in our prayers.
Joseph & Janet Launza
June 24, 2016
I will never forget the tie story. You are gone to heaven but will never be forgotten here on earth. LegalShield will not be the same without you. Though I know you would say make it better than ever before. RIP and prayers always for Bev and your children and grandchildren.
Liz Hopper
June 24, 2016
Dave,
You will be so missed by all of us in LegalShield. Your passion for life and making us all a success inspired and touched us all at one time or another throughout your career. Rest in Peace. You have made final and winning touchdown.
June 24, 2016
Dave was such a gift to the world & with the many memories he has left us to cherish, his light still shines bright. Bev, I cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow and pray that you experience God's comfort.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Tammy Davis
June 24, 2016
Dave was truly and inspiration and will be Missed
I'm glad I've have the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him motivate thousands
Godspeed
Vicki Bacila
June 24, 2016
Is there any question about it? NO SIR!
Will there ever be any question about it? NO SIR!
As long as we live will there ever be any doubt? NO SIR!
And WHOOO'S the greatest in the world? WE ARE!

A tribute to one of the best friends and mentors that I have ever had and I will miss him terribly. Big time thoughts and prayers to Beverly, Michael & Dave and the entire Savula family at this most difficult time.

Michael, Mindy, Ryan & Justin
June 23, 2016
Dave was " the GREATEST"! Always a friend, always cared, always there with great humor for the last 25 years. I will miss him terribly. My love and prayers to Bev, David, Micheal and family.

Darlene Malz
Acworth, Georgia
Darlene Malz
June 23, 2016
Dave was a great friend back in Mogadore while we were growing up. He could always make you laugh. He will be greatly missed.
Dianna & Ernie George
June 23, 2016
"Was there ever any question?"......
Dave will be missed by many as well as myself for helping shape my son and so many more to become the fine young men that they are.
We all know ..."Who's the greatest in the world".
Joe Wilush
June 22, 2016
When you look up the words friend, caring and devoted, Dave's name always comes up first. He was unconditionally there for everyone. I'll miss him terribly.
Murray Fischer
June 22, 2016
I send you my love, and please know you are in my prayers.

I am here for you in every way.
Suzi
June 21, 2016
Dave was one of a kind and I consider myself very fortunate to have crossed paths with him. His energy and determination literally saved Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. in the early 1990s and his legacy with the company will continue on and on.

As a speaker and motivator, he was in rare air. Certainly, he was the best I ever heard. His laughter and sense of humor -- so contagious!

But, most of all, Dave was a good person and friend. His heart was always good. You might disagree with him, but you didn't have to question his motives -- they were good.

Thoughts and prayers to Bev; his sons; and his grandchildren.

"Death ends a life, it does not end a relationship." -- Morrie Schwartz from "Tuesdays with Morrie"
John Long
June 21, 2016
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