Jack Louis Brown, age 80, passed away on Saturday, the 6th of July 2013, at Houston Hospice in Houston, after a long illness. |
Jack was born on the 1st of September 1932, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The middle son of Lester and Minnie Sauer Brown Boyer, he had an older brother Richard and a younger brother Thomas. In the 1940's, the Brown family moved to San Antonio, where Jack graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1950. Jack received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at Baylor University where he was a member of the varsity team in 1953-1954 and co-captain in 1954. He graduated from Baylor University in 1954 with a Bachelors' Degree in Business Administration.
Jack married his college sweetheart Melba Lee Brown on the 30th of October 1954, in Waco, Texas. The marriage took place despite Melba's assertion that she would never marry a man with the same last name. Melba and Jack had three children: Shawna Lynn, Jacquelyn Lee, and Gregory Louis. Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife.
A successful business man, Jack held executive positions in several companies before he retired in 1997 as Chief Executive Officer of CARE Systems Corporation. Previously, he was an Independent Oil and Gas Operator and Investor, the Executive Vice President of the WEDGE GROUP, Inc., a diversified private holding company; and a Principal with Arthur Young, an international public accounting firm.
Jack is survived by his three children, daughters Shawna VanNess, Jacquelyn Bartol and her husband Kevin, and a son, Gregory L. Brown and his wife Linda, and former son-in-law Dr. Mark VanNess. He is also survived by granddaughters, Carson, Kristin and Kathryne Brown, and Jillian Bartol, all of Houston. Jack's brother Tommy; his sister-in-law Authalia "Brownie" and Major St. John of Surprise, Arizona; and many loving nieces and nephews also survive him.
He will be fondly remembered by his loving and faithful companion Patricia Stenstrom, and lifelong friends Joe Elam, Gale Galloway, and James Carroll.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Jimmy Frank Howell and to the Medical Oncology Department staff at Baylor College of Medicine with special thanks to Dr. Mark Udden.
The family wishes to offer special thanks to his kind and dedicated caregivers: Barbara Vassell-Lindo, Aminah Abdul-Salaam, Yemisi Babatunde, Veronica Marshall and Patricia Nicklos.
A funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 10th of July, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Serving as honorary pallbearers during the services are James Carroll, Joe Elam, Gale Galloway, Sam Ginsberg, John Green and Jim Kauffman.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent grand foyer.
Later in the day, the family is to gather for a private entombment in the Memorial Mission Mausoleum at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Jack's name be directed to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX, 77030; or Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Scholarship Fund, 422 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy., College Station, TX, 77845.
An outgoing, charismatic man with a sense of humor, and old-fashioned manners, Jack will be greatly missed.
Published in Houston Chronicle from July 7 to July 8, 2013