|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1923|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 2005|
Salt Lake County
Versel E. Payne 7/4/23 ~ 1/9/05
Our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Versel E. Payne passed away peacefully at his home Jan. 9, 2005 of cancer. He was a gentle, kind man who gave everyone in his family unconditional love and support.
Born in Salina, Sevier Co, Utah on the Fourth of July 1923, the oldest of four children, born to Charles Vernon and Selda Peterson Payne. His father died when he was only five years old and he assumed responsibility at a very young age. He graduated from North Sevier High school and joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific. Upon returning to Redmond he met and married Verna Tooth, in Centerfield, Utah on 10 May 1947. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
He was an active member of the LDS Church and served in scouting for many years. He loved to hike and fish. He hiked to Red Castle several times and once hiked across the Uintahs from north to south. He loved his boat and had many great trips to Lake Powell and East Canyon water skiing with family and friends.
He retired from the Salt Lake Post office on June 30, 1977 and began serving in the Jordan River Temple in 1984. He especially loved the baptistery and served there for 20 years. He loved to drive and enjoyed taking his older neighbors for long rides in the mountains. He was a very generous person. His grandkids remember the jelly beans he always carried in his pocket.
He's survived by his wife Verna, and daughters Kathleen and her husband Richard Peacock, Lynda and her husband Greg Drown, 15 grand children and 17 great-grandchildren, a twin sister Venna Hale and a brother Wendell Payne. Preceded in death by a sister LaRae Horne.
The family would like to thank hospice and especially Dr. Kate Wilson for their care and concern. Friends and family may call on Thursday evening Jan. 13th from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, and Friday Jan 14th at the Hillside Ward Chapel, 495 E 5600 So from 11:45-12:45. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 S. 1700 E.
Published in the Deseret News on 1/11/2005.
Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery
Salt Lake County
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Record added: Sep 02, 2010
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