SAN ANTONIO -- H-E-B announced Monday that Butt family member Howard Butt, Jr. passed away Sunday evening at the age of 89.
Howard Butt, Jr. served as president of the H.E. Butt Foundation and as vice chairman of H-E-B's board.
H-E-B said the company is the largest family-owned company in Texas, led by family members who include Butt’s brother, chairman and CEO Charles Butt, Howard Butt III and Stephen Butt.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of my brother, Howard,” said Charles Butt, H-E-B CEO. “His decades of inspired leadership, philanthropy and humanitarian efforts will forever be missed by our family and those he impacted across the U.S.”
Born in Kerrville, Texas, on Sept. 8, 1927, H-E-B said Butt grew up in the food business founded by his grandmother, Florence, in 1905. He was a graduate of Baylor University. He married his longtime sweetheart, Barbara Dan Gerber.
While working in the family business, H-E-B said Howard, Jr. continued to pursue spiritual endeavors, creating the Layman’s Leadership Institute with evangelist Billy Graham. It hosted national faith-based programs for business professionals.
In recognition of his efforts on behalf of workers, Butt was also appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the first Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity.
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