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John Barrow Rayburn

June 9, 1977 September 28, 2018
John Barrow Rayburn
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John Barrow Rayburn passed away peacefully at the age of 41 at home in Vienna, Virginia, on
Friday, September 28, 2018, after a brave four-year battle with multiple myeloma. He spent his
life giving love and surrounded by love. His last days were spent in the comfort of his family and
John was born in Leesburg, VA on June 9, 1977, to Edward Barrow Rayburn and Susan Brand
Rayburn, and spent his youth living in northern Virginia, Newfield and Scio, NY, and Bruceton
Mills, WV. He married his eternal companion, Samantha Jean Underwood, in the Washington
DC temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on May 21, 1999.
He was a student at Scio Central School in Scio, NY and graduated from University High School
in Morgantown WV. He earned his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America. John was an
attendee of Governor’s Honors Academy in West Virginia. As a Presidential Scholar, he
obtained two Bachelor’s degrees in the Honors Program from West Virginia University, in
Computer Science and Spanish. He worked for several years as a programmer for Threewide
Corporation in Morgantown WV before graduating from the WVU School of Law, where he
attended on full scholarship. He interned and then was employed as a lawyer at Sullivan &
Cromwell in New York City and then Washington DC. His final employment was at Capital One
in McLean, VA.
John was an avid woodworker, completing many projects that grace his and Samantha’s home,
often with the help of his wife and his children. He enjoyed playing soccer in the position of
goalie. As member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in the
Honduras Tegucigalpa mission for two years between his freshman and sophomore years in
John is survived by his loving wife, Samantha Jean Underwood Rayburn, and their six children -
Sarah Kaymary, Ephraim Barrow, Gideon Samuel, Lauragrace Susan, Sadie Lee, and John
Walker. He is also survived by his parents, Edward Barrow Rayburn and Susan Brand Rayburn,
and his siblings - his brother, James Harvey Rayburn, and sisters, Lisa Marie Rayburn and
Laura Ann Rayburn. He also leaves behind his faithful canine companion, Charm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in
John’s name (
There will be no viewing - the funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, Scott’s Run Chapel, 1325 Scott’s Run Rd., McLean, VA 22102. All are invited
to celebrate John’s life with us at 2 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. An open house will
follow at John and Samantha’s residence at 8603 Antioch Circle, Vienna VA, to share stories,
memories, and pie in remembrance of John and his life.

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2:00 PM 10/3/2018 2:00:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1325 Scotts Run Rd
McLean, VA 22102

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
1325 Scotts Run Rd McLean 22102 VA

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