John Byron Mayo
John Byron Mayo Dec. 25, 1949 - Feb. 9, 2008 John Byron Mayo, 58, died in his home in Austin on Saturday, February 9, from complications of multiple sclerosis, which he fought valiantly for three decades. John was born on Christmas Day, 1949, in Rapid City, SD, to Evelyn B. Mayo, of Newcastle-on- Tyne, England, and then-Major Jesse L. Mayo, of Saratoga, Texas. Because of his father's career as a USAF navigator, John's high school freshman year was in Roswell, N. Mex.; sophomore year in Sevilla, Spain; junior year at Dreux, near Paris, France; and senior year in Wiesbaden, Germany. John came to Austin in 1967 to attend UT; he earned a degree in American Studies. He served on the Texas Union's Program Committee and was a member of the Tejas Club. After graduating, John moved to Manhattan. He sold advertising for Art In America. John soon began acting and studied with renowned teacher Sanford Meisner. He landed roles in television commercials, Off-Broadway productions and appearances on soap operas "Loving" and "One Life to Live". John was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988. He returned to Austin in 1993. He landed acting roles with Austin Shakespeare Festival and other local troupes. John began serving on the Board of Directors of the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in 1995 until his death, and was Chairman from 1997 until 2001. He also volunteered for the campaigns of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and the Travis County Democratic Party. John was preceded in death by his father, Col. Jesse L. Mayo, in 1978; his mother, Evelyn Brigid Bell Mayo, in 2003; and his sister, Melissa Kim Mayo-King, in 1995. He is survived by sister, Pamela Mayo Clark, of Austin; two nieces, Teel Mayo Clark of Asheville, NC, and Naomi Summer King of Houma, LA; one nephew, Benjamin T. King of Houston; and one aunt, Ruth Mayo Buchanan, of Navasota, Texas. John is also survived by first cousins on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean: ten native Texans and five natives of Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Burial of John's ashes will be at 11:00 a.m. Sat., June 14, in the Teel Family Cemetery near Saratoga, Texas. John will be laid to rest near his parents and among six generations of his father's family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Neighborhood Playhouse, 340 E. 54th St; NY, NY 10022, or to Friends of Community Health Centers, Attn: Serena Starkey; RBJ Bldg., 5th Floor; 15 Waller St., Austin, TX 78702

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 24, 2008.
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March 16, 2008
I just learned of John's passing and it deeply saddens me to know I will never see him again. He shared Christmas with us a few years ago and never mentioned it was his birthday. We met at Whole Foods and became friends. Sleep peacefully my friend.
Candace Haidinyak
March 2, 2008
John was a wonderful person and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. I know I will always remember him.
Carol Fortune
March 1, 2008
With our deepest sympathy for all John's family, Hazel, Lindsay and Scot
hazel clinton
February 29, 2008
A kind, very generous person, a rare bird. He is missed by many.
Kathryn Starr
February 28, 2008
My deepest sympathy for all of John's family on his untimely passing. He was a beautiful spirit, kind and thoughtful, and will be missed by all who knew him.

Katherine Palmira
Austin, Texas
Katherine Palmira
February 27, 2008
With deepest sympathy and much love.
Judy and Lyle Blomgren
February 27, 2008
I will always remember Uncle John as an entertainer, as a man who could lift up spirits around him and turn an afternoon at Nana's into an adventure. I miss him. We all miss him very much.
Ben King
February 25, 2008
Bill and Linda Buchanan
February 25, 2008
Dearest Cousin Pamela,
Please count Jane and me among your family sharing a broken heart. Although we knew he had a long battle with multiple sclerosis, we were not prepared to lose him so young. May God's love and family support gradually make your pain tolerable.
Jim Foster
February 25, 2008
John was my only brother and only remaining sibling after the death of our sister, Melissa.
I will miss him.
Pamela Mayo Clark
February 24, 2008
I met John at Whole Foods Market and always enjoyed running into him there over the years. He was one of the brightest, kindest, most interesting, and clearly most talented people I've ever known, and I will miss him very much. My heart goes out to his loved ones at this sad and difficult time.
Gloria Hill
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