Grayson Miles Buchanan passed away on August 1, 2021, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the tender age of 17 years 11 months and 332 days. His passing occurred as a result of an automobile accident while visiting lifelong friends for their first post high school road trip together. Grayson was a 2021 graduate of Clear Lake High School, where he played trumpet in the marching and jazz bands.
Grayson was many things to many people, most notably a loving and adored son, grandson, brother, cousin, and friend. His great loves were music and computers. During the pandemic he taught himself classical guitar and kept everyone in stitches with his silly musical interpretations and Kermit voice. He especially loved playing guitar with his dad Byron on the bass and sister Emma on the Ukulele. His favorite times were during holidays when his other siblings Spencer, Brittany and Bailey joined in on other various instruments and sang. Grayson also loved all things computer. He was an accomplished content creator, passionate gamer and coder. He also enjoyed photography, woodworking and restoring the old thunderbird with his dad. He posted so much content on YouTube- reflecting all of his talents. And they were without measure. He was simply beautiful, inside and out, and quick to help anyone in need. He brought a smile to the faces of everyone he met. His sense of humor was so quirky and hilarious, a little odd and oh so “Grayson.” A bright light in this world has been extinguished from view, but will shine on, brighter than ever, in the hearts of everyone who knew him.
Grayson was born in Houston, Texas, to Byron Miles Buchanan and Katherine Francesca D’Aunno-Buchanan on September 4, 2003. Grayson is survived by a multitude of friends and family members including his parents, Kate and Byron Buchanan; his brother and sisters, Brittany Ann Buchanan, Spencer Miles Buchanan, Bailey Alise Buchanan-Matheson, and Emma Katherine Buchanan; sister-in-law, Zelina Buchanan; brother-in-law, McCade Matheson; paternal grandparents, Carl and Gloria Buchanan; maternal grandparents, Lee and Bertha D’Aunno; uncles, Dominick D’Aunno, Matthew Adams, Jeffrey Potts, Billy Flanagan, Brian Buchanan, Jase Murphy and Carl Batts; aunts, Lori Murphy and Mona-Lee D’Aunno; cousins, Nicholas Buchanan, Laya Buchanan, Jonathan Buchanan, Alyssa Buchanan, James Buchanan, Kara Murphy, Harrison Batts and Samantha D’Aunno. Grayson was preceded in death by cousins Brian Michael Buchanan and Joshua Frazier. He will be mourned by several honorary uncles including Tony Vines, Chase Vines, Paul Lawrence, and Arnie Morein as well as his babysitter/honorary aunt China Vines and friends Dr. Shelly Walker-Adams and Christine Ribeiro. Grayson was lovingly cared for throughout his life by his and Emma’s “Nana,” Yolanda Leal, and her husband, Albert, along with their seven wonderful children. Grayson’s loss will be felt by a host of people, a number too great to entirely acknowledge here.
A celebration of Grayson’s amazing life will be held at 4:00 pm, August 8, 2021, at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church located at 17503 El Camino Real, Houston, Texas 77058. Due to spacing and seating restrictions, there will be a limited seating in the sanctuary and fellowship hall carefully reserved for a small number of family members and close friends. The services will also be live streamed to a large open tent adjacent to the building, where a post-service reception will be held. All those who wish to join the family for the live stream service under the tent and participate in the celebration of Grayson’s life at the reception afterwards are welcome and encouraged to attend. For those of you unable to attend, his services will be live streamed via Zoom. The link to join us virtually is as follows:
There will be no graveside services, as Grayson’s remains will be going home to be with his loving family.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Grayson’s honor to Creatorspace, the makerspace in the Clear Lake area. Grayson has been around Creatorspace since he was in middle school. This summer he was interning with them for the first time as a young adult. A link for making donations is provided below.
“His energy, inquisitiveness and talents will be missed but will always be remembered.”
– David Overland, President, Creatorspace”