Born in independence, Missouri, Michael enjoyed a childhood with his parents Leo and Florence Gray, along with his four siblings Karol, Deanna, Stanley and Hope.
Michael attended high school in Creighton, Missouri. He played baseball, basketball, trumpet, and drums. After attending college Mike became a builder and contractor. He was a phenomenal craftsman.
He resided in El Dorado Springs for many years where he grew his family and made friendships that lasted a lifetime. In recent years, he made crafts sold globally out of Austin, Texas. He was an avid participant in farmers markets where he was living his dream crafting big ideas and building a happy clientele base.
His grandchildren were his greatest joys in life though. All year he would talk about getting ready for Christmas and made it the most magical time any child could imagine. You’d see his biggest smile when he talked about his grandchildren Blaine, Vivian, Ruby, Gavin and his dog Crow. He was a gifted cook and leaves behind many recipes for his family to cherish. Mike talked a lot. He had many stories, big ideas and ears that listened. He was a devoted, loving father and grandfather. Michael cared deeply for many and didn’t always know how to convey, but he had a big heart full of love. He will be missed dearly.
Michael is survived by Shannon Holguin, Blaine Pinkman, Vivian Holguin, Ruby Holguin, Hope Gray, Deanna Sue Murphy, Karol Ann Love, Stanley Gray and Crow Gray.