George Strait almost missed out on the love of his life, wife Norma. After George took his lady love on their first date, he didn’t ask her out again for a very long time. Thankfully, the country music legend realized his huge mistake and opened up about his actions to CBS Local, “Norma was the first girl I ever loved. We knew each other forever, growing up in a small town. I never really even thought anything about her, but then one day I asked her out and we went on a date. We didn’t see each other for a long time after that. Then one day, I thought, ‘I’m missing the boat here,’ and we started dating again.”
The small town high school sweethearts eloped in Mexico on December 4, 1971. The couple soon after exchanged vows at a church in Pearsall, Texas. Later that same year, George joined United States Army and was stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Strait began performing with a U.S. Army-sponsored band called “Rambling Country.”
Their first child Jenifer was born October 6, 1972 in Hawaii and son George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. was welcomed into the world in 1981. Tragically, Jenifer was killed in an automobile accident in San Marcos, Texas on June 25, 1986, at the age of 13.
In rememberace of their daughter, the family set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to children’s charities in the San Antonio, Texas area. Bubba graduated from Texas A&M in College Station and is pursuing a career as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) team roping competitor.
George and Norma live in northwest San Antonio in a community called The Dominion. They also spend quality time on their ranch near Cotulla, located in between San Antonio and Laredo. In February 2012, the Straits became proud grandparents, George Strait, Jr., and his wife, Tamara, welcomed their first child, George Harvey Strait III. Their grandson is known as Harvey, but is also called “Bubba” like his father.
George and Norma Strait have been married for over four decades, but haven’t lost their spark. In 2012 King George talked to People about his strong marriage, “We love each other and we still like each other. We’re so blessed that we were able to experience this life together, to support each other through everything, good times and bad.”
What a stellar couple to emulate!