Marin Independent Journal
Friday, July 14, 2000
Section D, page 1
Bolinas activist Sobel, 42, dies
Longtime bakery owner stricken while camping in Oregon
by Gary Klein, IJ reporter
David Sobel, a longtime Bolinas bakery merchant, civic volunteer and vendor at the county farmers market, died Wednesday while vacationing in Oregon. He was 42.
Sobel was camping with his two children in Gold Beach, Ore., when he was overcome with pain in one of his legs, said his mother, Joanne Sobel.
"His leg was bothering him," she said. Sobel went to a local hospital, where the doctors, suspecting either a blood clot or a bacterial infection, put him on antibiotics and kept him for observation. He was getting better Wednesday morning when he suffered severe chest pains.
A helicopter took Sobel to a Medford, Ore., hospital, but he died of a heart attack while en route. "David was in great pain," his mother said.
Sobel, a graduate of Terra Linda High School and Dominican College, owned the Bolinas Bay Bakery and Cafe for more than 15 years.
He was active in several community groups, including the Bolinas Community Center, where he was president of the board of directors, and the West Marin Disaster Council. He also gave his time to Bolinas Observatory, Audubon Canyon Ranch and Slide Ranch.
"He was a unique and very interesting person who gave a lot to the community," said Smiley's Saloon owner Don Deane, a friend for 20 years. "It was a shame, he was so young. He had two small children who will be without a father."
David Mitchell, publisher of the Point Reyes Light newspaper, described Sobel as "a hip merchant who ran a nice, friendly business."
Sobel is survived by his children, Mickey and Molly; his mother, Joanne Sobel; and a brother, Daniel Sobel. His father died earlier.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, and at 4 p.m. July 23 at the Bolinas Community Center.
San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, July 15, 2000
Section A, page 23
SOBEL, David Samuel -- Passed away suddenly in Oregon July 12, 2000. Age 42. Loving, devoted and adored father of Mickey and Molly; beloved son of Joanne and the late Earl Sobel; much loved brother of Daniel Sobel. A graduate of Terra Linda High and Dominican College, Dave was owner for over 15 years of the Bolinas Bay Bakery and Cafe. He had also been a fixture at the Marin Farmers Market with his Coffee Cart. He served as President of the Board of Directors of the Bolinas Community Center and was a Board Member of the West Marin Disaster Council serving for many years as Coordinator of all emergency food and water supplies. He was a generous supporter of the Bolinas Bird Observatory, Audubon Canyon Ranch and Slide Ranch. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, July 16 at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. A second Memorial service will be held Sunday, July 23, at 4 p.m. at the Bolinas Coummity Center. Donations to your favorite charity.