Perry was not related to Texas Gov. Rick Perry but gave generously to his campaigns. He also supported candidates including Mitt Romney. And he gave millions to the Swift Boat Veterans campaign that helped in the defeat of then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
According to a family friend, Perry died Saturday night in his sleep. He was 80. He and his wife Doylene had four grown children.
Some Texas politicians turned to twitter with their thoughts:
Texas lost a legend today. From school teacher to homebuilder, Bob Perry changed the world. God Bless. trib.it/17A0qRo
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 15, 2013
Deep condolences to the family of Bob Perry, a generous philanthropist & unassuming man of faith & quiet good works. texastribune.org/2013/04/14/bob…
— Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) April 15, 2013