Grayson Miles Buchanan

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”



  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Isaiah 43:2

  2. Byron, Kate & Family

    From our hearts to yours we are so sadden for your loss. Words can not express the emotions you all are feeling, just be aware that there is a whole village of people out here who are praying for you all to find comfort in the memories Grayson has left for you and to know that someday you all will be reunited in joy and laughter.

    Our deepest sympathies

    Jim & Mary Lefton

    Jim Lefton
    • My sincere condolences to you and your family. You being his Dad I know he was a fine young man I will continue to pray for your family Buck

      Ambrose Francisco
  3. My heart continues to be so very heavy and sad and I send my sincerest sympathy. This is a wonderful tribute to him. I feel blessed to have known him at the church through religious education through the years. He truly was a gifted and special young man.
    I am glad so much of his creativity will live on.
    Nancy Paddison

    Nancy Paddison
  4. Kate & Family,

    My heart goes out to all of you. Grayson sounds like he had a wonderful soul, and even after his passing he will still be here in spirit. My God be with your family during this time. I pray for your family and their healing as you lay your lovely son to rest. My family and church have said many prayers for you all. You are all in our hearts.

    With Love,
    Emily, Logan, & Luca Smith

    Emily Smith
  5. Words cannot express our sorrow for the loss of Grayson. He lives on in all of the beautiful memories you will continue to share. Carlos and I moved permanently to Kerrville in early June, but will participate in the service via live streaming. Kate, Bryon, Emma, Matt and Dom and the rest of the family and extended family – Sending lots of love and hugs.

    DeAnn and Carlos Reyes
  6. Grayson shined so bright and blessed all around him. I pray at this time that his beautiful life and moments he created with each of you will be held close to your heart forever. With my deepest sympathy and love to the entire family.

    Lyn Sullivan
  7. To Byron, Kate, Emma and the rest of Grayson’s family,
    Janet and I were privileged enough to spend time with Grayson at his uncles’ long-overdue wedding celebration. He was the kind of person who could make a deep impression on you in a short time – charming, friendly and genuine. He had a terrific sense of humor and was clearly curious about the world around him. More than that, he seemed innocent in that singular way which is usually indicative of a lifetime spent in the company of loving family and good friends. We will both miss him and will remember him in our hearts. We are truly sorry for your loss. Because of his passion for Japanese, they have a saying when one loses a loved one
    ご愁傷様です (Goshūshōsamadesu) which means “sorrow and sadness of the passing”.

    Janet and Sam Waters
  8. Please accept my heartfelt condolences in this time of grief. I will always remember Grayson’s good humor and warm smile.

    Deborah Wing-Leonard
  9. Byron, Kate, Emma & family my heart is sadden on the loss of your beloved Grayson.
    May the healing gifts of time and the timeless love of God carry y’all gently through the loss your feeling right now.
    May God who sees your grieving heart and hears each tender prayer be ever near to give y’all peace and keep y’all in his care.

    Sincerely, Mary Landa

    Mary Landa
  10. Grayson was a light and hope to all. I have fond memories of him at Westbrook. Please know that we are with you in you time of need.

    Nagma Meharali
  11. I am very sorry for your loss. I will remember Grayson’s endless smiling and optimism, the goodness of his heart, and his enthusiasm surrounding things he was passionate in.

    Erica Smith (CLHS)
  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Although we could not attend Grayson’s celebration of life, from all that I have read he was an incredible young man. God must have needed another angel to help get heaven ready for the rest of us.

    Melody Iturralde
  13. Kate and family,
    I am so sad for your loss of Grayson. I’ll not come to the celebration of his life in person, but really appreciate the opportunity to be with you via zoom. I’ll be there, and my prayers are with you. Thank you so much for sharing Grayson’s “Fly me to the Moon” on Facebook. It was beautiful! He was wonderful!
    Kay Lewis

    Kay Lewis
  14. Psalm 29:11

    The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.
    Byron & Katie and children: Sammy & I pray and hope that divine peace and strength of God encompasses your spirit and mind.

    Dee & Sammy Carolina
  15. Dear Katherine and Byron & family,
    There are no words to express the deep sadness and loss of beautiful son Grayson.
    God has taken him to be with the Angels in Heaven where he will shine his light on you till you meet again. My sincere condolences,
    Anna Marrone

    Anna (Adelaide, South Australia)
  16. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan,
    I looked for you after the service today to personally offer my condolences. Grayson was in my class as a sophomore and was such a delight — playful, kind, and always a thinker. In class, I enjoyed his thoughtful, imaginative writing, but today I learned just how multifaceted his talents were.
    At the end of the last school year, I saw Grayson several times in the hallway as he walked past my room to his next class. We spoke, and he was very happy and talkative. That is how I will always remember him.


    Natalia Bondar
    English 2 Leadership teacher

    Natalia Bondar
  17. Buchanan family,

    Our heart and thoughts are with y’all.

    With love,

    The stomels (Ross, Natalie, Blake, Avery)

    ross stomel
  18. Byron and Kate,

    I just received news of Greyson’s passing. I’m very sorry and am sending my love to you, your children and family.

    Laurence Tien

    Laurence Tien
  19. This was either the brother or boyfriend of my friend. It’s definitely saddening.

    Jay Chowdree
  20. I was friends with Grayson on Discord, we played music together, it was a privilege to know him. Sending all best.

  21. I am many moons late in finding this page, but I wanted to comment here that I miss Grayson so much. We were never that close when I lived in Houston, but I went to Westbrook with him and met him at BAUUC. I had been hoping to come visit again when I learned of his passing. I never got the chance to say goodbye, or even to say hello again. To Grayson’s family: Thank you for raising such a wonderful son. To Grayson: I wish I’d gotten to know you better. You made this world a better place.
    River Plummer

    River J Plummer
  22. I just joined a server of Grayson’s friends recently, where his account remains with a note of his passing, so I never got to meet him. But I wish I had, he seemed like a bright kid who had an even brighter future. It’s always devastating to me when someone so early in life never gets the chance to show their potential, even when I don’t know the person. A family can never recover from such a loss fully, but I do hope his loved ones are managing to get by. May he be at peace with the stars above.

    Jamie B.
  23. I knew him online for about 3 years. We were only casual acquaintances but he was always incredibly candid and kind with me. I’m glad I got to interact with him. I’m sure he’s radiated his good nature on countless people throughout his life. I will inevitably meet my fate sometime in the future and I can only hope to be have touched as many hearts as he has before that day comes. Rest easy, Grayson.


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