John Chibonne Rainer, Jr.

  • Born: June 6, 1942
  • Died: June 14, 2011
  • Location: Springville, Utah

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Chibonne Rainer Jr. passed away at the Payson Mountain View Hospital in Payson, Utah on June 14, 2011. John was internationally known for his creative Native American Flute music compositions. He was a former professor, counselor, and choral director for Native American students for the Indian Education program at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. John served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southwest Indian Mission. John also served as Bishop in Utah and Branch President in Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Mysti Dawn, his children Lillian Rainer, David Rainer, Kel Rainer, Marian Rainer, Arius Rainer, seven grandchildren, his brother Howard Rainer, sister Jane Hafen and brother Mark Lovecky.

John was a member of the Taos Pueblo Tribe in Northern New Mexico. He was also Creek from Oklahoma. Rainer's cherished achievement was directing the Native American choir at Brigham Young University. These Native American students from various tribes and communities throughout the United States and Canada were encouraged to utilize their vocal talents. This choir represented the University while presenting Native American traditional musical presentations across America.

He also became a sought after master Native American flute maker and flutist. One of his flutes is on permanent exhibit at the LDS Church Museum. His beautiful music lives on in recorded compact discs.

John Rainer, beloved husband, father, brother, friend, musician and artist—you will be greatly missed.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

John, my brother, I will miss you until we are reunited on the other side. Since being companions in the mission field, I have always loved you as a brother. Our experiences there together built my testimony through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and the power of the priesthood. Some of them are an anchor to my soul and a well to go to when I have need of a spiritual boost. Your dream of seeing yourself clothed in the bright robes of righteousness on the other side has always strengthened me and helped me look forward to the next life. I hope and feel like you and I will work together again John, my beloved brother,friend and companion. May God bless you with all he has promised and may he bless your posterity with a fulness of his Spirit that they may find their way home too. I love you all.
Love, you brother Philip Joseph Kriser

Posted by Philip J. Kriser    November 07, 2011

His music will be greatly missed by me and others. Wish i had got to know him more than a voice on the phone, for those who did are very fortunate beings.

Posted by william f. warner - cypress, TX - flute maker   July 05, 2011

I met John when I first went to BYU. He was my Bishop in the Indian ward. He was so easy to talk to, and fun to be around. Our ward always had fun activities. I was also in his choir and enjoyed his sense of humor. When we finished practicing he would always put up his hand and say, "Oh, that was really good". He always made us feel like we were almost as good as the Mormon Tabernacle choir. I listen to his flute music when I'm outside working, or just to relax. I will always remember him and think of him as a good friend.

Posted by Harley Walker - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   June 21, 2011


Well Son, we are deeply going to miss you; especially your sense of humor. I am 11 years younger than you, but you'll always be my little boy. Love ya, Mom

Posted by Wendy Carron-Campbell - Mother-In-Law   June 20, 2011

I was working full time with the BYU General Education Department, in the Brimhall Building, when I first came to know John Rainer. He was a Counselor with Indian Education and asked me to be his Secretary. As it turned out I did get to work with him, but as the Department Chairman's secretary (for John Maestas). Those were good days. John was very involved with 'his' Choir and in creating a cassette tape of traditional flute music. I loved his exhuberance, his 'get things done' attitude, his humor, and his gentle Spirit. He was a good man and we loved him.

Posted by Carol Michael Walker - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   June 17, 2011