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M.L. Self Passes Away – His Smile Will Be Missed
M.L. Self, president of Bronco Pallet Systems, Inc., passed away in his sleep.

By Ed Brindley, Ph.D., Publisher
Date Posted: 12/1/2009

            I was saddened when Clarence Leising called me to say that M.L. Self, president of Bronco Pallet Systems, Inc., had passed away in his sleep the night before (November 10, 2009). I remember the broad smile that he projected to everybody in the pallet industry. It was one of the broadest ear to ear smiles I can recall having ever enjoyed.

            M.L., a retired boiler maker, started Bronco Pallet Systems to build pallets and affordable pallet manufacturing systems. His son Morris will maintain the business with the help of his wife Nancy with whom he enjoyed a 43 year marriage and Clarence, who had recently rejoined the Bronco staff after an absence of several years.

            Morris and Clarence will continue manufacturing and servicing pallet manufacturing and repairing systems for the growing list of Bronco customers. In addition to Bronco’s newest crossover block and stringer pallet manufacturing system with its new model 2011 GX corner cutter, the company is working on other machines to complement its machinery system lineup. M.L. was always looking forward never backwards, and his company is continuing this tradition even after his passing.

            The family suggests that the best way for friends to recognize their relationship with M.L. might be to support his love for and involvement in the Gideons International, known for witnessing and handing out Bibles around the globe. M.L. traveled to Chicago every year to participate in the Gideons’ effort to distribute free Bibles to those in need. I can not imagine a better way to recognize a deceased friend. Anybody who would like to can send a donation or expression of sympathy to the Gideons-Carlisle/West Graves Camp, P.O. Box 608, Cunningham, KY 42035. You also may leave a message for the family or light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.

            M. L. Self, 71, of Lowes, Ken. was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. Earlier in his life, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany.  M.L. is survived by his wife of 43 years Nancy Puckett Self; a son Morris Self and wife Tina of Nashville, Tenn.; one sister, Dana Becker Dunn of Millbrook N.Y.; one brother, Dr. Leon Self of Wyanndotte Okla.

            Funeral services have already been held at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.

            Clarence told me an interesting story about how M.L. started Bronco. He owned a small pallet shop in Bay City, Texas, one of his many ventures at the time. One day he thought about increased automation to boost production. Having looked around the market, M.L. thought he could develop a better, cheaper machinery system. M.L. went to his shop and created his first Bronco Nailing System. After six months, he had three Bronco Nailing Systems running. Knowing that he had hit upon a good idea, he got a patent attorney and then started selling Bronco Nailing Systems.

            He incorporated Bronco in 1992; it is still going strong today. His son Morris and wife Nancy worked along with M.L. to make the company successful; they will continue serving the Bronco customer base with existing and expanding pallet machinery.

            Clarence shared some of his experiences with M.L. He said, “M.L. is a man who got things done. Whatever it took, day or night, he made it happen. He never blamed other people who worked for him or anyone else. I have installed either Broncos or straight line repair systems in over 18 countries. There were problems along the way: languages, electricity, weather, people, buildings, and more. M.L. made sure that we always got the job done. That’s what made him so special. There are thousands of people out there that may not know him by his name, but rather may know him as that guy with the greatest smile you will ever see. He smiled from ear to ear, and he smiled all the time.”

            Clarence ended with, “That’s who he was. I’ll miss my friend.” Pretty nice words from an employee. Most of us wish our employees and co-workers would say such nice things about us.


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