Jack D. Payne of Grand Junction died on Sunday, April 27, 2008. He was 84 years old.
Jack was born on February 9, 1924 to Alpha and Florence Payne in Oklahoma City, Okla. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and then served in the Army during World War II where he earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. After completing his time with the Armed Forces, Jack returned to Oklahoma, where he opened numerous furniture stores, and worked for General Motors Corporation.
In the late 1950s he moved to Moab, where he owned the Ford dealership, the Travellodge Motel, and was involved in the uranium mining industry. He married his first wife, Peggy Payne, while in Moab and had his only son, Joseph Jackson Payne, in 1962.
Jack and family moved to Grand Junction in the late 1960s, where he was a land developer, entrepreneur, and investor. He developed many commercial buildings throughout Grand Junction, as well as numerous subdivisions. He was a member of the Bookcliff Country Club for many years, a member of the Grand Junction Shriner’s, as well as numerous other civic organizations. He was an avid golfer, loved to travel, and enjoyed spending time at Lake Powell on his houseboat with family and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his only brother, Jim Payne, and first wife Peggy Payne. He is survived by his loving son, caregiver, and best friend, Joe Payne of Grand Junction, and two grandchildren, Jake Payne and Jill Deaton of Colorado Springs. He was one of the most positive, kind, loving human beings to have ever lived, and was loved by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed.
A graveside service and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.
Arrangements are under the care of the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary and Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. The Payne family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Hospice for their exceptional care of Jack during his final days of life.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado (P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction CO 81506), in Jack’s name.