STRAIT FAMILY MOURNS DEATH OF PATRIARCH
 
Country icon George Strait loses father, John Byron Strait, on June 4, 2013
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, June 04, 2013) – After nearly one month of hospitalization, John Byron Strait (age 91), passed away earlier today, Tuesday, June 4. Father to iconic country music superstar George Strait, John is survived by his wife Anna; son, George Strait and his wife, Norma; daughter, Pency Edel and her husband, Lea; daughter-in-law, Denise Strait; grandchildren, George “Bubba” Harvey Strait Jr. and his wife Tamara, Kara Silva and her husband, John, John B. “Trey” Strait III, Walker Strait; great grandchildren, George Harvey Strait III, Kailey Garcia, Niessa Silva, Avery Silva and John Silva. John Byron Strait was preceded in death by son John 'Buddy' Byron Strait Jr. and granddaughter Jenifer Strait.

“We are grateful for the time over the last few weeks we were able to spend with Daddy before he passed away,” George Strait shares in a statement, continuing, “I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time as we mourn our family’s loss.”

John was a junior high school mathematics teacher, as well as a rancher on his property outside of Big Wells, Texas. The family worked at the ranch on the weekends and in the summers.

The funeral service will be private, reserved for friends and family only, with donations requested in lieu of gifts to The Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation.