Donald L. Payne, aged 86, passed away February 24, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
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Don was born on November 20, 1927 in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning a degree in Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma and serving in the U.S. Army, he began a lifelong career at the Phillips Petroleum Company as a geophysicist, retiring as a Director of Exploration in 1985.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Norma Payne, and survived by his son Bryce, daughter Kristin, her partner Shawn Mahoney and grandson Jack Mahoney, and is remembered by family and friends as an unshakably kind and decent human being. His life was an inspiration to all who knew and loved him.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Mar. 9 to Apr. 8, 2014