“Almighty Father, as we grieve the loss of Distinguished Eagle Scout Jack Richmond, help us to remember his involvement with Scouting. Show us how he lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law. We ask that you comfort us as we will miss his friendship and fellowship. Amen.” This is the Scout prayer that came to mind as I entered Sunset Ridge Church of Christ on Thursday, February 20, 2020, to provide my respects during a Celebration of Life service for a man I admire. Along with my Scout Executive, Michael de los Santos, and his wife Elizabeth, and several of my other teammates, the church was filled to capacity with family and friends of Jack and the Richmonds who truly admired and loved the man.
The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council honored philanthropist and business leaders, Jack and Laura Richmond, owners of Pizza Hut of San Antonio, and founders of the Richmond Family Foundation, at our 33rd Annual Good Scout Luncheon in 2015. It was in preparation for and during this event that I had the pleasure of working with Jack and his family to capture Jack’s story through words, photos, and videos. During an interview with a couple of Scouts for the luncheon, he disclosed that his favorite pizza was pepperoni with jalapenos, and I have to agree. – Angel Martinez, Chief Storyteller
Jack Clay Richmond passed away after a full and abundant life on February 14, 2020 at the age of 91. Jack was born on August 15, 1928 in Parsons, Kansas to Robert Wilber Richmond and Leoto Lorraine Leffingwell. Jack and the love of his life and business partner, Laura, raised four children and were blessed with three daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Jack graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1950 with a degree in History. Jack proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, receiving his Basic Training in 1950 in what would later become his new home, San Antonio, Texas. Jack held various teaching positions after being honorably discharged from the Air Force until he landed a job with Southwestern Bell Telephone company in Kansas. After 9 rewarding years with the phone company, Jack felt he was wrongfully passed over for a promotion. Never discouraged and a believer in American free enterprise and entrepreneurism, Jack elected to take a chance with a new restaurant concept – “Pizza Hut.” Jack moved the family to San Antonio to forge their future in 1968, a watershed year for San Antonio.
Pizza Hut of San Antonio became a family mission that has enjoyed great success and has provided employment to literally thousands of San Antonians over its 52-year history. The success of the business also allowed Jack and Laura to meaningfully participate in San Antonio’s philanthropy community for many years. Their good works are evidenced throughout the city and include financial support and encouragement to Any Baby Can, Boysville, Battered Women’s Shelter, Children’s Bereavement Center, Christian Assistance Ministries, Habit for Humanity of San Antonio, Jewish Family Services, Mission Road Ministries, SAMM, San Antonio Christian Dental Center, San Antonio Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, as well as many other deserving organizations in the San Antonio community.
One of Jack’s favorite sayings that guides the Wade Richmond Foundation is:
We should love each other. That means, caring for your neighbors – where those in mourning are comforted, where the hungry are fed, where the poor hear good news.