AUSTIN PAYNE November 10, 1927 - July 15, 2021 Austin went to sit around the celestial campfire with his 4 children who were waiting for him. Dad was born on a ranch in Winslow, AZ and his first job was being a cowboy on that ranch. At age 16, he became a forest fire ranger and at 18 joined the Navy and served in the WWII European Theater on the USS Grand Canyon. When he returned home, he purchased a CAT and truck and logged the dense forest of Mt Hood. There he met and married the love of his life, Lucy Henselman. Together they moved back to Winslow where he worked for his uncle's logging company. The mining bug soon caught him, and he ventured out in that direction. The family moved to Henderson in 1955 and dad continued mining at the 3 Kids mine near Lake Mead. After the mine closed, he worked as a heavy equipment operator in the Las Vegas Valley until he retired. Dad enjoyed being a Boy Scout leader and regaling his children and grandchildren with stories of his naval adventures. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to travel. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who lived a long and adventurous life. Austin was preceded in death by his sons Michael, Kenny, Tim and daughter Mary. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lucy, son Tony and daughters Sharon Jochman (Dave) and Kathleen Pitts (David), 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and two sisters Sue and Karla. Services will be held at Palm Henderson Tuesday, July 27 @ 10 am
Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jul. 23, 2021.