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Thomas Eugene Payne May 29, 1951 - December 24, 2023

Loving husband and father, Tom Payne (72), went home to heaven on Sunday, December 24, 2023, at his home in Gresham, Oregon. Tom had three older sisters and two older brothers and one younger brother. He is survived by his wife Janet Payne, son Bryan Payne, sister Betty Ontiveroes, brother Jerry Payne, sister Barbara Trisco, sister Julia Maggert and brother Jim Payne. Tom’s mother, Idella Clapp, father Robert Payne, stepfather Robert Clapp and brother Kenneth Payne preceded him in death.
Tom graduated from Orient Grade School and Gresham High School. Tom’s passion and talent were singing and playing the piano. During high school Tom sang in the high school choir and the select small ensemble called the Overtones. His sophomore, junior and senior years Tom participated in statewide singing contests and won first place all three years in the baritone category in the state of Oregon.
Tom got his Bachelor of Science in music at Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Oregon. He married his childhood sweetheart, Janet Moore, on June 9, 1973. After getting his teaching credential at University of Portland, Tom taught junior high and high school choral music in Reedsport, Oregon.
Tom and Janet moved to Hayward, California where Tom attended Golden Gate Theological Seminary and received his Masters in church music. Tom was a fulltime Church Music Director for 20 years in Hayward, California and Vallejo, California. Their son Bryan was born in Hayward, California.
Tom was always an avid gardener and loved sharing his vegetables and fruits with relatives, friends and neighbors. He developed a great passion for bonsai trees while living in Vallejo and had over 300 bonsai trees in his collection.
Tom and Janet moved back to Oregon six years ago, so Janet could help care for her mother.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, January 20 at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030.
The family suggest contributions to Mountainview Christian Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, January 20 at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030.

The family suggest contributions to Mountainview Christian Church.

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