John Charles "Little John" Gray, 71, passed away at his home in Turlock, Calif. on Monday, May 11, 2020.
He was born in Pocatello, Idaho on Aug. 21, 1948.
John enjoyed doing many things in his lifetime: He rebuilt from scratch and the ground up a Model T Ford car that saw its way around town; even was used in a “Senior Prank”. After graduating from LHS (Lakeview High School), he attended OTI (Oregon Technical Institute) for two years training in mechanics and electronics while also working for a logging company during the summers until he had a serious accident while “setting chokers” from which he never fully recovered.
After moving to Turlock, Calif. that training landed him a racecar mechanic job in Modesto, which he thoroughly enjoyed and held that position for several years. In following years, he was known as the “John Fix It” repairman as a small motor mechanic until his retirement.
John’s parents, brothers, and especially his nieces delighted in his yearly summertime visits to Lakeview. He delighted in having wrestling matches, playing numerous board and card games, and bringing the yearly special gift of “pet” tarantula spiders (which he’d caught in the California desert) for both Sandi and Brooke to raise! He reveled in pulling shenanigans with anyone around him, keeping us all on our toes!
He grew beautiful flower gardens, a trait he inherited from his mother, with dinner plate size roses he happily gave to everyone who came to his home.
John was preceded in death by: his parents, John P. and Esther A. Gray.
He is survived by: brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Danna Gray and Barry and Margie Gray all of Lakeview; nieces, Sandra Uliasz of Anchorage, Alaska, and Brooke Covey of Gerlach, Nev.; and his many friends and special classmates.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and location as time and situations allow.