David Charles Payne Resident of Bluffton, S.C. 72, died in the comfort of his home and entered the presence of his loving Savior on Monday, October 15, 2012. He was born in Stockton, California on June 8, 1940. He was the son of the late Charles Payne and the late Jean Payne. In 1965 David graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism. After a brief stint at the Tracy Press, he worked for 33 years as a sportswriter for the San Jose Mercury News. He was highly regarded in his field, covering professional, college, and high school sports. He loved family, sports, photography, and travel. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne Payne of Bluffton; his sons, Jon and Brady of Douglasville, GA, and Marc of Oakland, CA; their wives Marla, Yvonne, and Irene; and his six grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Grace Coastal Church, 15 Williams Drive, Okatie, SC. The family requests memorial gifts be given in memory of David Payne to the Grace Coastal Church building fund.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on October 18, 2012