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 legacy.com/obituaries/dailycamera.
Published in The Daily Camera on Sep. 14, 2014.