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Jack Henry Brown, Jr., Supermarket Industry Pioneer & Executive (1938-2016)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Jack Henry Brown, Jr., born 14 June 1938 in Victorville, San Bernardino County, California, son of Deputy Sheriff Jack Henry Brown, Sr. (1890-1946) and Rose "Rosie" Delgado (1918-2011). At just age 13, Jack started his supermarket career, working as a box boy at Berk’s Market Place in San Bernardino to help out his widowed mother Rose, while attending school. In 1956, Jack graduated from San Bernardino High School, played football during his junior and senior years and sang in the school choir in his senior year. He later went on to attend San Bernardino Valley College, San Jose State University and the University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA.

As a young man, Jack Brown served his country in the Naval Reserves from 1956-1962, was called to active duty in 1959 with the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy until his discharge in 1962. After his discharge from the military, Brown served in leadership roles with a variety of companies including Sage's Complete Markets, Marsh Supermarkets, Pantry Markets and Hinky Dinky. In 1981 he joined Stater Brothers Markets as President and CEO. Under Brown's leadership, Stater Bros. grew to 170 supermarket locations, approximately 18,000 employees and annual sales of over $4 billion, and is now the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in Southern California as well as largest private employer in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)