Wendell Lund Payne

August 4, 1928 – October 12, 2017



Redmond, Utah – Our dear old dad left us on Thursday, October 12th at 11:45 PM.


Dad was born August 4th 1928 to Vernon and Selda Payne. He was the fourth of four children. He would tell his family stories about his Huck Finn childhood, breaking and riding horses, swimming and ice-skating on Redmond Lake, hunting deer up Willow Creek Canyon, and hunting pheasants on horseback near his beloved town of Redmond, Utah.


Dad served in the military shortly after World War II. When he returned home Dad met his beautiful and loving wife Betty Jo Sorenson at a dance at the Red Monto on Redmond Lake. They were later married February 18th 1950.


Mom and Dad raised six kids. His boys would jokingly say dad had four boys but his horse Henry was his favorite son because Henry was the only one that would listen to him. .  Dad always looked forward to the Fall so he could go hunting with his friends and family.  Dad picked up Golf at the age of 60 and golfed nearly every day he could. Mom and Dad loved to travel.  After their retirement they spent their winters in the Palm Springs area, and they went on multiple cruises. They loved British Columbia. He adored his grandkids and loved to bring them along on his adventures every chance he got. He was also a father figure to several other friends and extended family.

Dad was a veteran of the US Army, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a descendant of Danish Pioneers. He was a member of the Teamsters union local 222. He spent most of his career as a construction supervisor. He was the Quintessential Cowboy, he was hard-edged, loud, unbending, and always right! He hunted, he fished, he traveled, he rode horses and he golfed. He was a great storyteller who remembered everyone’s name and stories from his home town of Redmond, Utah.




Wendell is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Sorensen Payne of Salt Lake City, Children: John & Denise Payne of Salt Lake City, Julie Hardy of Salt Lake City, Lisa & Tom Jensen of Salt Lake City, Glenn & Karen Payne of Redmond, Kendall & Kerrie Payne of Salt Lake City, and Dan & Kim Payne of Salt Lake City. Grandchildren; Jason & Brandy, Kelly, Joelle & James, Patrick & Carlie, Sunnie & Peter, Dax & Katie, Zak, Sarah, Rebecca, Jessica& David, Jake& Melissa, Nic, Ben, Alexandra, Denny, Cassie & Juan, Colton, Skyler, Jessie, Nikki and sixteen Great-Grandchildren.  His sister Venna Hale of Salt Lake City, sister in law Verna Payne of Salt Lake City, and Brother in law Ralph Horne of Orem.


Preceded in death by his parents, his brother Versal and his sister LaRae Horne


Graveside Services with military honors provided by the Utah Honor Guard and the Redmond American Legion Post #118 will be held at the Redmond Cemetery on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM.


Services are under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.


Online guestbook at www.springerturner.com


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