dedicated to the remarkable



Austin Gray



Austin was always a team player and had a huge heart and a big smile, as well as a mind of his own. He loved to fish and play soccer. But football was the game he loved most and he was a proud member of the 2016 state champion Carthage Bulldog football team. Austin spent countless hours teaching children in the community to swim before graduating high school with the class of 2018.

Austin left this life in a short 18 years, but he put more into those years than most pack in a lifetime. He was there when you needed him and would give you the shirt off his back - sleeveless of course, which was his trademark - but would do anything for anyone. Heaven has gained a wonderful, happy soul.

Watch his inauguration
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we have an exciting adventure ahead!

We'll share pictures, videos, and


of the process,




as we go.


the journey

and help



family keep


legacy alive.

Entry #

Oct 30, 2018

Austin's Journey to Becoming a Diamond

Austin's ashes are back at the Eterneva labs, and we are ready to begin the journey to becoming a diamond. Now, Austin's ashes will be put into a crucible that will go through a purification process.

When that is finished, his ashes will be carbon in the form of graphite. This is the material we will put in the diamond growth cell to grow his diamond. In your next update, you’ll get to see the graphite as we open the crucible for the first time. Stay tuned!

Austin loved country music. Here's a song that reminds his mom of him:

Entry #

Dec 24, 2018

The First Transformation

Austin’s ashes have been purified and are now pure carbon in the form of graphite. The purified ashes are on their way to Germany where the best of the best memorial diamond growth scientists work. There, they will put the graphite into a growth cell and then into a machine that mimics the earth’s mantle in pressure and temperature. Soon, we’ll be sending an update of his rough diamond!

Two things Austin always said were...

"Hey Bud!"
"Love you more."

Entry #

Mar 15, 2019

In the Best Hands

Austin's rough diamond is beautiful! Now, the diamond will head to Antwerp, Belgium to be hand cut by master diamond cutters. Master diamond cutters spend decades perfecting their craft, and hand cut every single facet of the diamond (upward of 58). In fact, one of the world’s youngest master diamond cutters will be working on Austin's diamond. He is 56 years old.

Here is a photo of Austin's beautiful rough diamond!

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Apr 21, 2019

A Remarkable Diamond

Austin's diamond has been cut and polished. It is absolutely perfect! The sparkle captures his spirit so well! This remarkable transformation and journey is almost complete. Next, the diamond will head off to IGI for diamond grading and engraving. It’s time to choose a setting, and begin planning for the homecoming.

Keep Austin's Story Alive

When we lose a remarkable person, the most important thing we can do is keep talking about them!

The purpose of this page is to celebrate Austin. By recording stories about him, we allow future generations to get a sense of who he is (versus impersonal facts in an obituary).

Leave a comment below to share a positive memory you have about Austin, or a way he influenced your life! Condolences are kind, but please hold this space for positive stories & memories about him.