Jack Brown, who kept Austin creased and its children warm, dies at 89


Jack Brown, the namesake of the ubiquitous Central Texas dry cleaning operation, has died.

An obituary in Monday’s American-Statesman said Brown died Friday in the presence of his family. He was 89.

A 1949 University of Texas graduate, Brown worked as a civil engineer for the Texas Highway Department before joining his father in the laundry business. With help from his family, he built Jack Brown Cleaners into one of the largest family owned dry cleaning businesses in the country. There are more than 40 locations in the Austin area, according to the company’s website.

“He had a passion for people and helping people,” his son, Paul Brown, the company’s president, said. “He was the most generous man I’ve ever known. He would give you anything or do anything for you.”

Brown took pride in launching Coats for Kids, a program that since 1986 has brought 850,000 winter coats to underprivileged children.

Brown is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Betty Ann, who died in December 2016. They had eight children, 23 grand children and five great grand children.

Click here for more on Brown’s life and work in the community.



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