John Byron Strait, the father of country legend George Strait, has passed away.  He was 91.

The elder Strait was a high school math teacher and a rancher.  His ranch property was in Big Wells, Texas.  The family worked at the ranch on weekends and in the summer.

George Strait released this statement:

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

There will be a private funeral.  In lieu of gifts, the family is requesting donations to the Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation.  Jenifer, George's daughter, was killed in 1986 in an automobile accident at the age of 13.