Date Honored: April 2015
It is so hard to condense 95 years of life into a few paragraphs. Our dad, Lloyd Payne, lived a traditional male role. His job was to provide for and protect his family – put food on the table, a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs – and he took that role very seriously.
He was a quiet man, but his actions spoke volumes and set an example of honesty and hard work. He never questioned the many things that came into his life; he just accepted them and gave whatever it was his best effort. He was so proud of his time as a farmer, airplane mechanic, World War II veteran and member of Sons of the American Revolution.
A couple of our favorite memories of Dad were sitting around listening to him tell stories about when he was a boy and every evening just before bed, we had “Frito Time” – Fritos being his nightly snack.
Lola (oldest daughter): “Dad was always helpful and supportive of whatever we wanted to do including all the many projects we came up with. After I got married, the folks would come to California to visit, and I always had projects for him to do. He didn’t always have the right tools and materials, but somehow he found a way to make it work and get the project done.”
Larry (oldest son): “One time Dad and I spent all night fishing. The next day we cleaned the fish and Mom cooked them. They tasted like mud, probably because they had been feeding on the bottom. Dad was so disappointed because we couldn’t eat them.”
Lois (youngest daughter): “When Mom passed away, I was fortunate to become Dad’s fulltime caregiver. He had limited vision and hearing plus osteoarthritis, but he was always
willing to try new things with me. Of our many adventures, one of my favorites was our trip to the top of Pikes Peak. We came back down the mountain at 10 mph so he was able to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves.”
Leslie (youngest son): “Dad would put me in the front seat of his pickup, put the pickup in first gear, and have me steer while he got in the back of the pickup and kicked off hay bales to feed the cattle. I could barely see over the dash but we always got the job done.”
Dad was very proud of his kids, grandkids and great grandkids and he enjoyed spending time with them. The first part of 2014 he got to spend extra time with his great granddaughter and one of his great grandsons and loved every minute of it. One of his outings with them was a trip to the Denver Aquarium and he had a blast, he didn’t stop smiling for days. He told everyone he had more fun than the kids.
We love you dad and miss you lots but know you are now with Mom.
~ Lola, Larry, Lois and Leslie