Thomas Junior Payne
Married to Vila Mae Hammer on June 24, 1946, the two were inseparable and were
in love until the very end. Despite the many challenges that befell them, they were
the ideal model of a loving, respectful and enduring marriage of equals to all who
knew them. He passed away from a broken heart on November 2, 2012.
Born December 31, 1919, Tom enjoyed having a good time with friends and family.
He was particularly fond of celebrating his birthday with loved ones on New Year’s
Eve and held a memorable 80th birthday party in Reno and a 90th birthday party in
He was a free spirit and held independent views, often challenging the norms and
bringing a wise and thoughtful view to almost any issue. He was a pillar of support
to his family and he will be missed dearly.
He is survived by his sons Bob and Bill, sister Shirley, her husband Wayne; his in-
laws, with whom he was very close: Marvin, Sharon, Bill, Norman, Sonja, Beverly,
Nancy, Nid, Susan, Michael; his grandchildren Tamara, Heidi, Isaac, Emily, Rachel,
Kirsten, Jonathan and his great-grandchildren: Zoe, Frankie, Devon Rose and many
nieces and nephews: Mark, Janet Lee, Steven, Donna, Wayne, David, Charlotte,
Carolynn, John, Joshua, Luke, Rachel, Carol, Matthew, Daniel, Heather, John, Christie,
Clark, Monte, Carina, Kathleen, Clare, Gavin and Steve.
In keeping with the spirit of his wishes, we would all like to offer up a toast:
“Here’s to you, Tom!”