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Sherman Clark Payne
Birth: Jul. 8, 1915
King County
Washington, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1989
Contra Costa County
California, USA

He boxed, played the banjo on stage and performed a trumpet solo in military school. An only child for ten years, then his beloved sister, Gloria, was born. When his parents divorced he lived with his father in California, where he worked for a florist on weekends and after high school let out each day, delivering huge bouguets to Oakland's wealthiest during the country's depression years. On Christmas Day, seeing the new beribboned expensive cars in the driveways of palatial homes during The Great Depression, shocked him, so in 1932 he quit Oakland High School, determined to make a boatload of money. He became a traveling magazine salesman.
He met and married his future wife, Dorothy Lessert, in 1938 at the boarding house where they were both staying in Billings, Montana in 1938. They both loved dancing and spent many lovely times dancing together. During their first 20 years together they moved 40 times, producing along the way a daughter, Sharon and her sister Cathryn.
He advanced his career with his creativity, forceful personality and mobility, while alternatingly careers between Collier's and Brittanica book companies, eventually as vice president for Brittanica, developing the concept and terminology of the 'Idexicon', in New York City. The "high shool drop-out's boat" finally came in.
Tiring of the east coast he left the vice presidency, to return to California in 1952. He soon purchased the Rich Plan, a freezer-food business in Seattle. They moved there in 1953 and purchased their first home in the Sandpoint area of Seattle. He sold the Rich Plan in 1957 and returned to California purchasing another home in Lafayette. Researching floridating paper water cups and selling Golden Books occupied his later years of employment. He and Dorothy divorced in 1964. Marriage to his second wife, Pamela Lea, his secretary, ensued in 1966. They had three children together, a son, James, a daughter, Theodosia, and son David. His second wife deserted him, taking their children to move into a house her father bought for her. In his later years he suffered health problems as he lived alone during those last ten years from 1979-1989. Alcohol was always his friend until his deteriorating health forced him into a nursing home. His continued smoking contributed to pneumonia which caused his death. His beloved sister, Gloria, died nine months later to the day. 
Family links: 
  John Cleveland Payne (1885 - 1977)
  Theodosia Eugenia Clark Thibault (1895 - 1948)
  Dorothy Ione Lessert Patrick (1913 - 2008)*
  David Clark Payne (1972 - 2001)*
  Sherman Clark Payne (1915 - 1989)
  Gloria Elaine Payne Tambornini (1925 - 1991)*
*Calculated relationship
"Sherman Clark Payne 7-15-15" [INCORRECT! IT SHOULD BE: 7-8-15] "6-1-1990 Oceans of Love"
Note: The marker dates are incorrect. His date of birth is July 8, 1915 not the error on the tombstone of 7-15.
Oakmont Memorial Park
Contra Costa County
California, USA
Created by: James and Sharon Cissell
Record added: Nov 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79715743
Sherman Clark Payne
Added by: James and Sharon Cissell
Sherman Clark Payne
Added by: James and Sharon Cissell
Sherman Clark Payne
Added by: James and Sharon Cissell
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In memory of you today
- Sharon
 Added: May. 27, 2013
In heritage
 Added: Jul. 27, 2012
Rest in peace, your loving daughter
- Sharon
 Added: Mar. 23, 2012
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