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Fairhaven Memorial Services

27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA

OBITUARY

Duke Gray

July 3, 1948November 25, 2019

Duke Gray was born on July 3, 1948 in Lynwood, California and passed away on November 25, 2019 in Boise, Idaho.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Reception Sunday, December 8, 2019

Memories

Duke Gray

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Rebecca Justice

December 8, 2019

Many fabulous memories of Duke, too many to post. But the main thing I cherished the most was his love and devotion for children. The children at the little league just absolutely loved him. There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for them. He adored my daughter Mariah, I think they were best friends. He doted over his precious grandchildren, they were the world to him.
He is greatly missed. Duke was a one of a kind and no one could ever come close to his uniqueness.
Rest In Peace my friend. Love you!

Mary John

December 6, 2019

You and Annie were my next door neighbors when I first met you - that was some 50 years ago!! That time went by in a blink! Later when you were no longer a couple, you used to come visit us almost every weekend bringing Heidi along to play with Peter and Tiffany. At the same time, Michele also spent most every weekend with us as an expectant mom going through a terrible separation. Pete and I and the kids gave you both all our love and support during those trying times and before you know it, love blossomed and you and Michele became a couple! You became the loving husband to Michele and father to Cherise, raising her as your own. How awesome! We shared many tears and laughs over those years and made memories that I'll treasurer forever. I hope you, Pete and Chris are celebrating in heaven and ask that you watch over us. Rest in peace my long-time friend!

Linda Tummolo

December 4, 2019

Wow, there are so many memories. After reading all the posts I have decided to just say that it warmed my heart when you would tell yell at me for some stupid thing and then giggle inside. You were a pillar of strength. I could always call you for instructions or advise on how to do something or for directions from your map book. I miss you very much. From the times we went to June Lake and you left me in the middle of the road at nowhere to making lemon meringue pie with salt instead of sugar...ha.
The time when you took Bec and Che out fishing as they sobbed because they did not want to go.... and who was laughing and driving the boat in? The girls. I am glad you made them do that. Only you Duke. I will miss your smile the most. It did not happen often but it was always grand.
No seat belt for you tough guy with a heart to match none.
May God be with you Duke. Love you and your wonderful family who are also dear to me.

Debi Johnson

December 3, 2019

To My Special Friend... I am so thankful for the wonderful memories we had together down at the baseball fields. Thanks for feeding the Johnson Boys every week night with all your special dishes, especially your famous tri-trip. I'll always remember our cards night and how we won (most of the time), making fudge with you during the holidays while you would yell at me to keep stirring so my chocolate wouldn't burn, our motorcycle rides to Cooks Corner, and BBQs with your entire family. I only wish you were able to enjoyed all the plans you had once you moved to Idaho, and could have had the fishing trip you talked about on the lake with Mike..... I will always remember our fun times together and will forever miss you! Love Debi

Jim Napora

December 3, 2019

Michelle & family,

My heartfelt condolences to all of you on the loss of our Viejo Little League President.

Duke was some type of person. While sometimes appearing tough on the outside, he had a heart of gold for those in need, especially the players.

Many great times were shared at Gilleran Park where Duke was the BBQ master.

You will be missed old buddy. May memories of all the good times shared comfort the family during this most difficult time.

mike johnson

December 3, 2019

the last four years we became pretty close friends and I will never forget all of the get togethers,kickin your ass at Canasta, Vegas road trips and just the weekly B.S. sessions in your garage.
take care buddy and I will be seeing you on the other side someday.
MJ

Angelique Lucero

December 3, 2019

I know you’re watching over all of us and probably cracking some really funny jokes with a lotta cuss words. I’m gonna miss hearing you call me Hollywood all the time! I love you grandpa and I hope you knew how much I did. I’ll continue your Jello recipe so you don’t have to worry, I won’t forget the BUTTERMILK! Haha. I love you!!!

Sheri Brown

December 2, 2019

Duke always a character with the biggest heart!! Such a big part of our lives at the baseball field! The Tri-Tip was always amazing! Duke...one of kind! You certainly are missed! Thanks for all the fun at Gilleran Park! Sending love and hugs to Duke’s sweet family. XOXO

Bob Elliott

December 2, 2019

Duke was a dear friend. We've known Duke and Michelle for over 30 years. He loved to play canasta. We would play till the sun would come up. We will miss you Duke. May you rest in peace!

Tricia Ruggles

December 2, 2019

Duke from the day I met you back in 1994, you were my instant buddy. You gave me 10 of the best years of my life up at Gilleran and I’m so glad we stayed friends after little league ended. You knew how I and my family loved you. I miss you tons my friend. Hope your cooking up some tri-tip in heaven with Lu. Love you.

FROM THE FAMILY