March 26, 1922 – February 27, 2020
Lifelong Boerne resident, George Gray Majirus, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020,
at the age of 97. Gray was born to Andrew J. Majirus and Grace Selma (Gray) Majirus at his
grandparent's dairy on March 26, 1922, just west of Boerne. Unfortunately, his mother died
when he was 3 years old. Gray was only able to complete a seventh grade education in the
Balcones School, when at the age of 14 he left and began full time work as a rancher and cowboy.
After spending time with the Civilian Conservation Corps, Gray joined the US Marine Corps in 1940
and served in the South Pacific Campaign of WWII as a Master Tech Sergeant. Following the
bombing at Pearl Harbor while serving in the motor pool, Gray had the privilege of driving
the president's son, Jimmy Roosevelt for several days. After serving in combat areas including
the islands of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Guam, he received an honorable discharge from
the USMC in 1945. Upon returning to Boerne after the war, he worked on Main Street as a
mechanic, then later became a machinist at Kelly Airforce Base where he retired in 1975.
Gray was a yes man, volunteering for a variety of organizations in Boerne and the surrounding areas, including delivering for Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank. He served on the Board of Directors for the Kendall County Fair Association and the Farmers' Mutual Fire & Aid Association of Kendall & Kerr Counties. Gray was also one the founding members of the Agricultural Heritage Museum, donating supplies and countless hours building and maintaining the facilities. He spent many years as a volunteer fireman for the City of Boerne Fire Department, rising to the position of Fire Chief. In addition, he was a volunteer for the White Wing and Buckskin Brigades which mentored inner-city kids, providing opportunities for them to experience camping and shooting activities. Gray was also a member of the Texas Farm and Ranch Association.
Gray married the love of his life, Paulina E. Cravey, in 1973 and spent the next two decades dancing more miles than most people have ever walked, or as Gray would say "we danced a million miles." They were members of the Boerne Bunch, a dance group that had the opportunity to travel all over the world dancing. Together they built a beautiful log home north of Boerne where Gray spent the remainder of his life, enjoying his "20 mile view" from the front porch. Paulina preceded him in death on February 27, 2000, and he joined her for a 20th anniversary this past Thursday.
Gray's hobbies included fishing, hunting, dancing and spending time with friends. He was also a master craftsman and woodworker, creating beautiful pieces he enjoyed gifting to friends far and wide. Between volunteer activities and hobbies, Gray never wasted a moment of his time. One of his favorite sayings was that he could make anything but money. In May 2019, Gray received his honorary high school diploma from Boerne High School at the age of 97. Gray is preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife. He is survived by many friends, neighbors and loved ones.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of George Gray Majirus to the Boerne Fire Department at 726 North Main, Boerne, TX 78006 or www.ci.boerne.tx.us or the Agricultural Museum and Arts Center at 102 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006 or www.theagricultural.org.