TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) – John Markulis, the “Bread Man” of Southern California who provided buns to In-N-Out, Fatburger and other hamburger chains, has died.
The Orange County Register says (http://bit.ly/1bnrAOj ) Markulis, co-owner of Puritan Bakery for more than 50 years, died Sunday in a Torrance hospital. He was 83.
His daughter, Cathy McIndoo, tells the newspaper that her father believed the quality of the bun was important because it was the first thing a diner would taste when biting into a hamburger.
Markulis began working in the bread business at age 12. He joined Puritan in 1960 and its fleet of blue and white trucks eventually brought buns to more than 2,000 restaurants in California, including chains like Johnny Rockets and Original Tommy’s.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anita, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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