San Bernardino, CA
Long-time Stater Bros. Chairman Jack Brown passed away last week at the age of seventy-eight.
Brown, born and raised in San Bernardino County, joined the Stater Bros. team in 1981. He served the company as its Chief Executive Officer for more than 35 years.
The value of the Stater Bros. Corporation certainly grew during his tenure. Because of his leadership, the Stater Bros. chain now consists of 169 stores; and last year accrued gross sales that totaled approximately $4.2 billion dollars.
Over the years, Brown earned respect and appreciation for his generous charitable work on behalf of the inland community—he established Stater Bros. Charities in 2008. In addition, under Brown’s leadership over the years, Stater Bros. donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and hundreds of thousands of pounds in food to local agencies who served those in need.
Brown’s community outreach efforts did not end there. He also founded the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino as well as the Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County.
Brown who was raised along San Bernardino’s Route 66 corridor and had a passion for cars, also sponsored the Route 66 Rendezvous event for more than fifteen years.
A Viet Nam veteran, Brown was a strong advocate for veterans and actively supported services that supported veterans and their families.
In a statement regarding Brown’s death, Stater Bros. President and CEO Pete Van Helden wrote, “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.”
Van Helden concluded, “Grief is not a strong enough word to describe what the Stater Bros. family feels.”