Marion Rayback
1921 - 2014
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Marion Arthur Rayback, 92 passed on from this world on June 13 in Paradise, Utah at one of his daughter's home from heart failure. Some family members were caring for him as well as hospice. He was born in Sterling CO. on Nov. 27, 1921. His family moved to Boulder while he was still a toddler. When he was a young teen he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps.(CCC) and helped on various construction and reclamation projects for the Government. This inspired him to join the Navy at age 17. He had to get permission to enlist. He was a certified member of the Greatest Generation serving on gun crews through all of WW II. The ship on which he served the longest was the USS Lindenwald a mechanized artillery transport. They offloaded landing crafts that ferried tank crews to the shore for D-Day invasions. During the Okinawa landing the Lindenwald was credited with shooting down several kamikaze planes. He worked his way up to the rank of Chief Gunner's Mate. After he was honorably discharged he returned to Boulder and became a plumber. His first and only public employer was City Plumbing. In 1948 he obtained a master plumbers license and went into business for himself naming it RAYBACK PLUMBING AND HEATING. He was a perfectionist when it came to his plumbing work. He owned and worked at his business until it closed in 2008. Sixty years. In the early years of his business he did service calls and new construction. At one point he employed 30 plumbers and had 18 trucks. Back in those days for Boulder, that was rather large. In the latter days of his business he went into selling plumbing supplies new and used. He loved helping his customers with their plumbing problems. He had a donation program set up for Habitat for Humanity and also the Boulder seniors, for plumbing supplies. Marion was initiated into the Boulder Elks Lodge #566 in 1951. He enjoyed going there to dine and ballroom dance. Other major interests throughout his lifetime where hunting, fishing, cycling, waterskiing, boxing, camping, and ballroom dancing. He is survived by seven children. Mike Rayback, Laurel Powell, Lisa Parson, Leslie Latimer, Lily Rayback, Lynn Rayback, Lucy Neitenbach. Thirty one Grandchildren, Thirty four Great grandchildren and a loving girlfriend of many years, Adele Shrout. A private graveside ceremony was held for Marion at Green Mountain Cemetery. He truly loved Boulder and its community. We will miss him. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences at

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Published in The Daily Camera on Sep. 14, 2014.
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March 10, 2017
Such an amazing person
I am actually one of his great grandchildren. I'm doing an essay about someone in my life that experienced a trial and was change from it. I'm Teagan Josephson and whished to have know him better. Thankful to have stumbled upon this article. Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences it is most appreciated.
Teagan Josephson
July 2, 2015
My father,Martin Kkapper passed away a year ago. Like Marion he was also a self trained plumber, having been an apprentice in his youth. He went on to have his own plumbing and heating company in upstate New York. He eventually ended up as s mechanical project manager for a large construction company. He moved out to Boulder 18 years ago. I used to love taking him to Rayback Plumbing to get supplies for a project we were doing together. Installing a new water heater, fixing a leaking copper line or just replacing a toilet float. He and Marion would always talk shop, always about the old days before PVC pipe with these new "O-rings". Back when they had to cut (snap) cast iron pipe, heat the lead, stuff the joint with Oakhim(sp?) and fill it with the melted lead which always reminded me of mercury. They discussed "wiping the joint", a skill no plumbers of today even know about. It was a total joy to see these two guys talking about the old days. Marion was a wonderful guy and was always there to offer suggestions and help. I too remember the smell of the shop and warehouse, the floors and the copper bins full of shiny fittings. Seeing that property all quiet and empty of all those used parts is very sad. My Dad, like Marion, NEVER throw anything away!!!! The product of growing up in the Depression, of course. His grandson, Ozzie worked for me when he was only 16, doing temporary work at my warehouse. He was the hardest working kid I knew. His commitment to go a good job and give his all is an obvious legacy of his grandfather, not to mention his sheer physical strength and ability to do a 4 foot standing jump! Ozzie told me his grandfather was still doing push-ups well into his late 80's!!

Marion is missed and remembered fondly. One of the "good ones".
Norm Klapper
December 7, 2014
I worked for Marion for about 4 years when I was in high school, both at the original shop on 14th St and helped move to the big place at Valmont & 28th. I retired out of the software industry 10+ years ago, but still find use for the plumbing skills Marion taught me in the 1970's - sweating in all the copper fittings & pipe for water softeners for 4 of my neighbors. Marion taught you how to do things right. He was a great guy.
Paul Kent
October 15, 2014
Marion will certainly leave a lasting impression on everyone who came in contact with him. Always smiling and always friendly. He had an amazing, full, and successful life, one his family would be proud of. God bless.
Kathy Freeman
September 25, 2014
He made a large impact in the Boulder community and will always be remembered for Raybacks Plumbing Supplies. He is missed.
Alissa Copple
September 18, 2014
you will be missed.
chris henze
September 15, 2014
Marion touched my heart and my life by being just who he was--authentic through and through. Marion allowed me to enter his life and the activities at his business by saying, "Whatever floats your boat" when I mentioned I wanted to document as an art project the three-acre business site Marion created over years known as "Rayback Plumbing" on Valmont. Marion himself was not just a plumber. He was also an artist, a businessman, a soldier, a lover, a fighter, and father, and so much more! I feel honored to have been a part of his life. I can picture you smiling in heaven, Marion! With love and respect, Lori
Lori Wahl
September 15, 2014
He taught me a trade that I have used all my life. I miss him.
Michael Rayback
September 15, 2014
We will miss Mr.Rayback's store, and him, forever!
September 14, 2014
Marian Hejl
I will never forget cleaning copper pipe at the shop as a little girl with grandpa. Who would have ever thought that the smell of pipe cleaner would bring back such great memories! Talk about setting a great example for his grandchildren, he taught us what love and hard work were all about. It is an honor to be named after such a great man. His legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Thank you for all you did for us grandpa, you will be in our hearts forever!

~ Marian Hejl
Marian Hejl
September 14, 2014
The very best plumber I have ever known. May he rest in peace.
PJS, Boulder
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