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A Sad Day For Cardinals

Jack Brown  Passes Away

Our friend and classmate Jack H. Brown died Sunday night, November 13, 2016, surrounded by his family.  He was 78. Jack landed his first job in the grocery business when he was 12 years old to help support his mother. At 13, Jack asked Mr. Berk of Berk's Market Spot for a job and was given a job as box boy. He was thrilled to tell his mom that he had a job at Berk's. Jack joined Stater Bros. in 1981 and served as president and CEO for 36 years.  He became executive chairman earlier this year. From box boy to grocery king, Jack never forgot his roots in San Bernardino, and was known for his charitable work for the community. He moved the new Headquarters of Stater Bros. Markets to the old Norton Air Force Base to remain in the community he loved. He was passionate about San Bernardino, San Bernardino High School and the Class of 1956!

"Grief is not a strong enough word to describe what the Stater Bros. 'Family' feels," Stater Bros President and CEO Pete Van Helden said in a statement released by the company. "Jack touched every one of us in a very personal way, and it is that legacy that we must carry forward. He loved the business, his company and each one of us." A Navy veteran, Jack was also fiercely patriotic.

When he retired as CEO, Jack said, "He didn't want to be remembered solely for the financial success of Stater Bros. His humanity, instead was on his mind," stated The Orange County Register. Jack further stated, "When we go, some people won't know who we were and some people won't know what we did. But everyone will remember how we treated them." This, of course, is the Jack Brown we knew as his classmate and friend.

Jack is survived by his cherished wife, Debbie, three beloved daughters, and seven grandchildren.  His burial will be private, for family only, with a memorial to follow at a later date.                                

NOTE: Jack's Memorial Service will be held Dec.3rd at 9:00 AM Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California (4000 E. Ontario Business Center Pkwy.)

Comments from classmates . . .

Posted on the Cardinal's Nest from Jack Brown, Class of '56 -

"The other night I watched Grease, the movie about Rydell High School.  I could see each of my friends in the picture.  Each of you were there doing your thing.  Made us all smile and remember, but at the end the last song of the movie says we’ll always be together…'forever and beyond'"

Rita Sanchez - "So sorry to hear the saddest of news...the loss of our dear SBHS leader and friend, Jack Brown, a giant, in more ways than one, and someone dear we will miss, as he leaves a great vacuum, shoes too large to fill. I cc'd my sister Mary San chez who interviewed him for the San Bernardino Sun some years ago---seems like only yesterday. And, special condolences to LuLu who admired him...a mutual admiration society actually, between Jack and Mary Lou, whom he always spoke of fondly.  Deepest sympathies to friends and family."

Bob Young - "I'm glad I sent an email to him when I did. Hopefully, he was able to read it. If you have any further info about where we can send a card to family, we'd sure appreciate it. I know it's one of life's certainties, but it doesn't make it any easier to hear. I'm afraid we'll be getting more announcements like this as years go by."


Molly Keller - "More sad news...I meant to pass on the message that he was very much missed at our last and final reunion - feeling very sad right now. Jack had quite an extraordinary life and will be missed. I'll be checking the Cardinal's Nest for more information on Jack - very sad indeed."

Haywood & Cleo Owens - "Haywood and I read Jack Brown's obituary. We are very sorry to hear of his passing. Our condolences to his family, and to all the people who knew him and loved him. Our prayers are with you all."

Jack H. Brown's Memorial Service - November 20, 2016

Mary Lou De La Torre Observations

"As I prepared myself to attend our brother Jack Brown's Memorial Service, I thought about our Class of '56 and how proud he was to be in our class. This memorial was held at Stater Bros. Corporate Office on Tippecanoe Avenue. The sidewalks were adorned with American flags. So heartwarming. As I approached the main gate, I gave my name and parked in front of this giant building. Right in front was an old Stater Bros. delivery truck with flags and a banner that read, 'Rest in Peace'.

Once inside, I signed the book, the ushers checked my name and I was ushered in to my seat, which had been reserved with my name.  I was given a package of tissues and a red and blue pin. When I was seated, I was given a beautiful Memory Book. The service was so inspirational.  The prelude song was, 'Oh Shenandoah' by Tennessee Ford. The eulogy prayers were delivered by Rabbi Cohen. 'God Bless America' was sung, along with a color guard from the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department presenting the colors. Very impressive. Jack's favorite song 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' was sung by Ashley Runner, a Stater Bros. employee, followed by the postlude song, 'Happy Trails To You' by Roy Rodgers.

Jack's wife, Debbie, was presented an American flag and the coffin was then draped with the flag. The room was filled with large American flags, along with a huge picture of Jack. It was so beautiful. The motorcade to the cemetery was very impressive.

The reception was a glorious meal. Beautiful red, white and blue bouquets with flags adorning them were on the tables. I honestly felt like royalty!  I could go on and on, but the day was very emotional for me.

Jack was a giant of a man, so giving and thoughtful.  I heard many wonderful stories today.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to share my thoughts and observations with you."

Mary Lou AKA LuLu

A meeting of the Committee with Jack Brown


These four are the ex-officio members of the Committee!

Thanks for all of your help over the years!

Mal Olmos- Manny De La Torre-  Marilyn Smith & Manuel Chapparo


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