John B. Malouf

January 11, 1927September 4, 2015
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Born in the West Texas town of O’Donnell on January 11, 1927, John Bedder Malouf, founder and owner of Malouf’s in Lubbock and Southlake, Texas, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2015.

In 1945, Malouf was drafted into the Army. He graduated from Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) in 1949 with his BBA in Business Management. In August of 1949, at age 22, Malouf opened his own men’s store, leasing a space on Avenue K in Lubbock. He took on the role of store planner, merchandiser and buyer. He even designed all the store fixtures. Malouf’s now has two store locations: Kingsgate Center in Lubbock and Southlake Town Square in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

On July 30, 1950, Malouf married Eleanor E. Emmett, from Dallas, who preceded him in death on November 15, 1986. They had eight children together.

As an innovator in the industry, Malouf was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during MR Magazine’s annual Uptown Downtown Dinner in 2013.

Not only was Malouf an icon in the apparel industry, he was an avid philanthropist. In 2005, Malouf received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Lubbock Association of Fundraising Professionals. Malouf was a patron of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, generously supported Covenant Health System, established several business scholarships for the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, and attended St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.

Surrounded by family and friends, Malouf passed away on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the age of 88. A Mass service will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic University Parish, 2316 University, at 11am.

Malouf is survived by a brother, Buddy Malouf, and his wife Jo, of Dallas. He was preceded in death by his other siblings, Matilda, Mitchell III and Tommy. He is also survived by children Michael J. Malouf, Matt E. Malouf, Scott A. Malouf and his wife Karen, Sam J. Malouf and his wife Gloria, Jennie Malouf Gilchrist and her husband Tom, Linda Malouf Walter and her husband Paul, Leslie A. Malouf, and Beverly Malouf Debolski and her husband Tom.

Malouf is also survived by his grandchildren Marlowe Malouf, Anna Malouf, Andrew Malouf, John Gilchrist, Ellie Gilchrist, Jack Walter, Graham Walter, Eleanora Malouf, Isabella Malouf and Gabriella Malouf.

In memory of John B. Malouf, donations may be made to the Eleanor E. Malouf Scholarship Fund at in the Art Education Department at Texas Tech University (806-742-3826); the Covenant Foundation (3623 22nd Place, Lubbock, TX 79401) at www.covenant; Catholic Charities (102 Avenue J, Lubbock, TX 79401) at



  • Visitation Tuesday, September 8, 2015
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, September 9, 2015


  • Officiating

John B. Malouf

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Danielle Botros

September 9, 2015

The Maloufs will always be a family I hold dear to my heart. I didn't know John well except through the stories of his children. But based on the wonderful spirit and grace of his children, I could see that he and his wife, Eleonore, were truly wonderful people. My heart goes out to all the Maloufs for their loss of their dear Papa.

September 9, 2015

My sympathies to John's dear family. They are a testament to his values and his life.
Dannie Boswell Botros

Rod Muller

September 9, 2015

I only met John relatively recently when he engaged my services as a fitness trainer. I was my pleasure and honor to get to know him as a friend and always enjoyed our sessions together. I will miss his ready smile, great sense of humor and engaging presence.

Terry Malouf Bond

September 9, 2015

So sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. He was a cousin I saw far too little of over the last years. My love and prayers go out to each of his wonderful children.

stan williams

September 8, 2015

One of the most significant compliments in my life came when my business partner, Andy Hedlund, I and bought the Baker Building next door to John's downtown store on 13th in 1979. John who I respected and revered walked in and called our place the most beautiful building in Lubbock. He went on to say we would be successful because we were willing to clean our own toilets as he had done for five years. What a gentleman! Thank-you John for being so kind.

Kelly Pratas

September 8, 2015

Stellar man, stellar family. All the Pratases send their best.

J David Williams

September 8, 2015

John was a good friend to my Father and me for many years. God Bless the Malouf Family and all that John did for Lubbock and the area!! He will be dearly missed.

September 8, 2015

I have nothing but great memories of John and his way of making you believe you were the best as he assisted in my clothing needs. Always a gentleman and a joy to know him. May the family find peace in GODS Love at this time
Don E Davis

Frank and Pat Gabriel

September 7, 2015

So sorry we lost Johnny. He was a credit to the Malouf family name and a gentleman of the highest order. We pray that God will give you his family comfort and strength. He will be missed very much. Our love and blessings.
Frank and Pat Gabriel

September 7, 2015

We are very sad to hear of Cousin Johnny's passing
and we will be coming to the Mass on Wednesday.
Dr Malouf and Therese Abraham from Canadian, Tx