Jack H. Brown is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, one of the nation's largest supermarket chains.
Born in San Bernardino, Brown attended Washington and Lytle Creek elementary schools and Richardson Junior High. He is a 1956 San Bernardino High School graduate. Brown was a business administration major at SBVC from 1956-57 and 1958-59. He was founding president of the lettermen's fraternity, Beta Tau Omega. He continued his studies at San Jose State University and UCLA and served in the United States Navy.
Brown started his grocery store career at 13 as a box boy at Berk's Market Spot in San Bernardino. He worked in management at supermarkets including Sage's Complete Markets in San Bernardino, Pantry Food Markets in Pasadena and American Community Stores Corp. of Omaha, Neb.
He was the founding chairman of Children's Fund of San Bernardino County, an agency devoted to assisting abused and at-risk children. He has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, and the YMCA.
He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Southern California Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1988. Brown was inducted into the SBVC Alumni Hall of Fame in 1991 and was the first SBVC alumnus to receive the California Community Colleges Distinguished Alumni Award.
Brown is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughters J. Kathleen Smith, Cara Hoffman and Melissa Koss; and seven grandchildren.