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Idaho State Journal, 05/23/04
BLOOMINGTON - Russell Samuel Payne, 83, our husband, father and grandfather, passed away
quietly Friday, May 21, 2004, in the Bear Lake Memorial Skilled Nursing Facility in
Montpelier. He was born Sept. 10, 1920, at Bloomington, Idaho, to James Albert and Sylvia
Charlotte Sleight Payne. He attended elementary school at Bloomington and graduated from
Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho. Russell married his childhood sweetheart, Cleone
Nelson, on Nov. 8, 1940, in the Logan LDS Temple. They have been married for 63 years.
They moved to Logan where Russell attended USU Vocational school to learn to be a welder.
After Pearl Harbor, Russell went to Seattle to work in defense at Todd's Shipyard. He
enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II on the Destroyer USS Hopewell.
After the war he came home to Bloomington and ran his father's farm and worked for
Conoco Oil Co. delivering oil and gas in the valley. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad
for 29 years as a car inspector.
Russell was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a
member of the Bloomington Ward High Priests. Russell and Cleone enjoyed serving in the
Logan Temple when their health permitted.
Russell is survived by his wife, Cleone of Bloomington; six children, Sandra (Rao)
Wallentine of Paris, Idaho, Lana (Robert) Warner of Holladay, Utah, Jolene (Wayne) Lloyd
of Bloomington, Idaho, Robin (Craig) Mangum of Sandy, Utah, Kelly and Julie Payne of
Bloomington, Idaho, and David and Celine Payne of Magna, Utah; 22 grandchildren, 29
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cerilda Thornock of Montpelier, Idaho and Emily Pratt of
Orem, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one grandson and three
great-grandsons. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the caregivers of Bear
Lake Memorial Hospital, Bear Lake Manor, Bear Lake skilled Nursing Facility and Dr. Larry
Funeral services will be Monday, May 24, at 11 a.m. in the Paris Stake Center where
friends may call that morning from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Bloomington
Cemetery with services under the direction of Matthews Mortuary of Montpelier.