Huntsman Corp. to honor founder posthumously during Earth Day celebration at Port Neches City Hall

Thursday, April 19, at 3 p.m. at Port Neches City Hall, 1005 Merriman St., Huntsman Corp. will celebrate Earth Day and honor the memory of its founder Jon Huntsman Sr.
The company is partnering with the city of Port Neches by hosting a commemorative tree planting at city hall, and following the ceremony, Huntsman Corporation will recognize and celebrate the life of Jon Huntsman Sr. with a moment of silence.
Huntsman executives, employees, elected officials, and community partners will gather for the occasion and the public is invited to attend.
“We celebrate Earth Day every year, but this year has special meaning,” said Huntsman Port Neches Operations Site Director Chad Anderson. “Huntsman is planting trees around Port Neches City Hall, and we’re remembering the life of Jon Huntsman Sr., an honorary Golden Triangle resident, and true illustration of Huntsman’s commitment to sustainability, the environment and our community.”
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide. Various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. For more information on Earth Day, visit www.epa.gov/earthday.

About Jon Huntsman Sr.

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Meade Huntsman Sr., 80, died Friday, Feb. 2, at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
His family released a statement saying he “passed away peacefully” around 2 p.m., “surrounded by a loving family, following long-term health challenges.”
Huntsman had previously beaten prostate cancer, mouth cancer and two types of skin cancer in his lifetime.
Not only did the Huntsman Corporation lose its founder and chairman emeritus, but the world lost arguably one of the most benevolent men who ever lived. Jon and his wife Karen have given over $2 billion to charity. Huntsman’s charitable works have spanned continents and affected people’s lives for decades from Armenia to Southeast Texas.
Nearly 30 years after an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale devastated northwestern Armenia, killing an estimated 25,000 people, residents in the former Soviet republic are still benefactors of Huntsman’s generosity.
In a time of tremendous loss and dire need following the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since 2004, Huntsman pledged $1 million of his own personal money and another $1 million from the Huntsman Family Foundation to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Overall, Huntsman-related parties have donated more than $10 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, according to the company. He also issued a challenge to other business leaders to give.
Huntsman was also a key factor in the construction and creation of the Wayne A. Reaud Administration Building and Honors College at Lamar University. The building complemented the adjacent Commercialization Center, creating a much-needed new entrance for the school.
Huntsman himself has eight surviving children. In addition to Peter, chairman and CEO of the Huntsman Corporation, there’s also Jon Jr., former governor of Utah and current U.S. ambassador to Russia.

Photo collage by Kevin King, original photos courtesy of Huntsman Corp.

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