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James Donald Payne

May 01, 1953 - December 26, 2020

Obituary For James Donald Payne

James Donald (Don) Payne, 67, of Gardner, KS, died at Olathe Medical Center on Saturday,
December 26 following a recent infection of Covid 19.
Don had been a resident of Medicalodges Gardner for over 12 years.  He was a Kansas City
native and lived in the area most of his life, though he spent much of his early years in
Davenport, IA. He is survived by two brothers (Bob and John Payne), a nephew, three nieces,
and seven cousins along with extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents (David
E. and Arlene Payne) and a brother (David M. Payne).
Don was a descendant of both Gabriel Prudhomme, an original settler and owner of the Kansas
City town site and Milton J. Payne, a 6-time Kansas City mayor between1855 and1862. 
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I am one of Don's cousins. I have been reminiscing about my memories of Don through the years. Growing up, he went by the name Jim or Jimmy and that is when many of my memories began. My family lived in Michigan so our visits were not as frequent as I would have liked but there were still many fond memories. I remember, particularly, that Don loved listening to major league baseball games and was an ardent fan of the Kansas City Athletics. He was also a lover of the older genre of country music, especially Don Williams. Don had perfect pitch and would, sometimes, play the piano but he had to coaxed to do that. I don't know if he played the piano privately or not but he was gifted. John and Bob, do you remember when we would go to church with you, your dad would drive Don's favorite route to get there? There was a small hill of some sort that we would ride over at just the right speed so that we bounced over it and Don loved it! Who would think that would become one of my fun memories as well! I also remember that Don could climb door frames really fast . After seeing him do that, I would try but always failed. In conversations with Don later in life, he often mentioned Mickey and his divorce and, of course, his death. Those were things he really had processing. I know that the loss of your parents was difficult for him and resulted in major life changes for him. I do believe that the later years of his life, the facility he lived in was a good place for him to be. He was well taken care of in a structured, caring environment that really met his needs. Both of you, Bob and John, made difficult but wise choices for his care options. Love to you and your families, Becky
- Becky Penney

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