Iconic Business and Man Gone La Cañada Flintridge Dave Silversparre

Dave Silversparre
July 1, 2023

The Dave Silversparre Union Service Station closed at Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard on Dec. 31, 2008, and now Dave Silversparre (89) passed away on July 1, 2023.

Dave Silversparre, who was born in the Santa Monica area, started working at a Union 76 service station in 1945. After several years in the insurance and lighting industry, he purchased his first Eagle Rock 76 service station in 1958, a second one in La Cañada in 1960, and his third at the city’s center in 1972. With over 50 years as a business owner, he raised a family and was a member of the LCF Chamber of Commerce and the LCF Kiwanis Club. He would play in the Kiwanis bowling tournament annually and win though it would be his only bowling day of the year. He loved “family,” motorhome trips, cruising, his travels to Maui, the community and his customers.

Jokes and memorable moments involving Dave included:

  • Take the freeway – it is cheaper;
  • A successful day trip to Maui “for dinner;”
  • When referring about himself to his wife he would call himself the “most recent husband” and when speaking about his wife he would call her his “favorite bride;”
  • My customers are family;
  • Your tire is only flat on the bottom, but your rear-view mirror is still shiny;
  • Gas crisis auto lines up Angeles Crest Highway well past the freeway;
  • Taking care of family and friends in need;
  • Sudoku and playing cards.

Dave is survived by his wife Myra of 66 years (a blind date during her college days); two sons – Dave Silversparre (past captain of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station) and his wife Kristen; and Daryl Silversparre (Capital Investments Solution) and his wife Jodi; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; nephews, a niece, and many friends and neighbors.

Darren Silversparre, the third son who worked for the family business for decades (wife Gay), passed away in 2009 as did Dave’s only sibling Carol Kapan in 2022.

A celebration of Dave Silversparre’s great life will be scheduled in the future and will be private.