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

According to his obituary in the Austin American-Statesman, Brown died Dec. 15 in the presence of his family. He was 89.

Brown graduated from UT-Austin in 1949 with a degree in civil engineering and worked for the Texas Highway Department before joining his father in the laundry and dry cleaning business. He and his family expanded the business into one of the largest dry cleaning operations in the U.S., with the company’s website touting more than 40 locations in the Austin metro area.

KVUE has worked with Jack Brown Cleaners on the Coats for Kids program, which has provided more than 850,000 winter coats to less fortunate children in the Austin area.

Brown is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Betty. Brown had eight children, 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Brown’s obituary states his funeral will be held Dec. 19 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church along Small Drive in west Austin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jack’s honor to Coats for Kids, the Salvation Army or the St. David’s Foundation.