Yongsak Grayson, 58, of Dallas, Georgia passed away at home on February 23 after suffering from Early Onset Alzheimer’s. He was lovingly known as Kak.
Kak was born on Tuesday, July 17, 1962 in the Township of Nai Mueng, District of Muang Ubolrachathani, Province of Ubolrachathani, Thailand. Kak arrived in the United States October 1975 post Vietnam War.
Kak was successful in his work career even without continuous formal training in Thailand or the US. His work career was all things maintenance and electrical for the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. His work ethic was impeccable. Kak had a competitive drive which, along with his God-given talents, propelled him to success as an athlete. He played soccer in Thailand. After arriving in the USA, he played football (kicker), bowling and golf. Kak had 8 perfect games in his bowling career with an average over 200. Playing golf, he would hit a golf ball over 300 yards with scores in the high 70’s or low 80s.
In addition to soccer, football, golf and bowling, Kak coached Basketball grades 6-8 for many years. Although he had never played basketball, he could spot talent and create strategic plays. The players, coaches, parents and referees had the utmost respect for him. Kak was a kind and giving man. He was patient, full of life and laughter. He had a quiet wisdom about him, which he credits his grandparents in Thailand. You could count on him whether at work, playing sports, or his home life. His word was an oath.
Kak was married to his wife Julie for 20 years. After they met in 1997, they were a couple until they married in 2000. Kak and Julie were devoted to one another. Kak was predeceased by his mother, Chun (Kathy) Bootsoot Grayson; his grandparents in Thailand; his brother Terry Grayson; and his grandparents Beverly Grayson, fondly known as Gaga and Francis Grayson, fondly known as Pop. Kak is survived by his wife, Julie, of Dallas, GA; his daughter, Tabitha Grayson Carter (Neil) of Decatur, GA; his son Adam Grayson (Courtney) of Newnan, GA and their son Caleb; cousins Noi Ford of Gainesville, GA; Take Garcia (Hector), Linda and Susy Garcia of Orlando, FL, Siriwan (Sissy) Vyskocilova (Michal) of Ocoee, FL; step-father Francis Grayson, his brothers Frank, Ken, Richard and sister Kathy along with many extended family members and friends.
Kak will be honored and remembered in a private memorial service.