John Houston Payne
PAYNE, JOHN HOUSTON, (November 18, 1924 - April 28, 2006) John Houston Payne of Fort Lauderdale, FL passed away Friday, April 28, 2006. He is loved and survived by the love of his life, Barbara (nee Bess) whom he married 60 years ago on April 6, 1946, his children and their spouses, John K. Payne (Gale), daughter Lindsey Payne (Greg), Michael H. Payne (Susan), his brothers and their spouses Darwin Payne (Fran) and Reed Payne (Marilyn) and his two grandchildren Alec and Mackenzie. In addition to being a licensed attorney and member of the Florida Bar for over 50 years, a licensed General Contractor, a licensed Real Estate Broker, he was a devout Christian and member of First United Methodist Church for over 60 years. A loving husband and devoted father as well as a pillar of the community, John was born in Saratoga Springs, New York, lived in Ballston Spa, New York, and moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1946. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II as a B-24 pilot and rose to the rank of Captain. While studying law at the University of Miami, he trained pilots as a flight instructor at Bradley Field, now Mills Pond Park. Being an active community volunteer, a sampling of his contributions include founding member of the Broward Community College Board of Trustees (John H. Payne Hall was rededicated in his name on March 22, 2006), founding member of the Rotary Club of Lauderdale North, First United Methodist Church Board of Directors, Holy Cross Hospital Board of Directors, the Emile Buehler Foundation Board of Trustees, Fort Lauderdale Board of Adjustment, Fort Lauderdale Charter Review Board, Fort Lauderdale Planning and Zoning Board, Fort Lauderdale Beach Redevelopment Board, Fort Lauderdale Aviation Advisory Board, The Little Schoolhouse Board of Directors, founding member of the Children's Home Society Intracoastal Division, and a member of the Fort Lauderdale Hangar of The Quiet Birdmen, an aviation honorary society. He received the 1990 Fort Lauderdale Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award and has been a member of the Lauderdale Yacht Club for over 60 years. With a passion for aviation as well as Florida Hurricane and Gator football, a witty sense of humor, and a loving disposition, he touched many lives. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Fred Hunter Memorial Services, 718 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. The funeral service celebrating his life will be held Monday, May 1 at First United Methodist Church, 101 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's honor to The Children's Home Society of Florida, 525 NE 13th Street, Fort Lauderdale or The Little Schoolhouse of Fort Lauderdale, 808 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. To visit this Guest Book Online, go to
Published by the Miami Herald from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2006.
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I was very saddened to hear of John's passing away. I recall our nice luncheon at the Yacht Club and the tour of Ft. Lauderdale. Thank you for the fond memories. My best to you, Barbara, and your and family.
Babe Paddock
April 20, 2007
John was a good friend, sometiime helper and advisor. He will be seriously missed.
Ishmael (Ish) Byus
May 2, 2006
Barbara and family: We were saddened to read about the loss of John. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. John leaves a wonderful legacy at BCC, First United Methodist Church and Fort Lauderdale. He will be missed---but remembered for his gentle leadership and wonderful humor.
George and Dawn Young
May 1, 2006
John was a great member of our community - -and will be deeply missed,
Bob Roberts
May 1, 2006
Lindsey and Greg, my heart goes out to you and your entire family during this time of grief.
~Karen Gordon
Karen Gordon
May 1, 2006
I understand all to well the sudden loss of a parent after a short illness. I hope that once the pain of the loss subsides a bit you will be able to smile everytime a wonderful memory comes into your head. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Patrice Eichen
May 1, 2006
We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. We hope that your wonderful lifelong memories will provide you with comfort at this difficult time, and the knowledge that those who care about you send their love and prayers.
Beth-Ann and Ian Herschaft
May 1, 2006
We are deeply sorry for the loss of John Payne. He was a truly great and decent individual who was always motivated by a sense of civic duty and moral principle. We offer our deepest sympathies to his family in this time of loss and hope that they can take comfort in the many memories that he has given them as well as the many achievements, both personal and professional, that he completed during his life.

Love, Shelley and Jeff Weaver
Shelley and Jeff Weaver
April 30, 2006
Barbara and Family:
It was an honor and priviledge to work with John as a Trustee of the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust. He will be greatly missed.
Robert Boyle
April 30, 2006
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