Douglas B. Payton

04/15/1924 — 06/04/2008

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Bienville, TX

Douglas B. Payton


Douglas died peacefully at his home on June 4th, 2008 at the age of 84. He was predeceased by his wife Marguerite. They had been married 51 years. He was also predeceased by his parents, Bowie and Royal Taylor Payton and his sister Wanda Caskey.

Douglas will be missed by his loving family, his daughters Cindy Hoffman Gregg of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Angela Lewis Marty of Penticton, British Columbia, Kelley Jensen Peter of Sequim, Washington and Karis Alderson Michael of Richland, Washington. He is also survived by his brother Rodney Payton Sandra and nieces Elspeth and Gwendolyn of Bellingham, Washington. Douglas has 7 grandchildren, Isaac Nelson, Shane and Andrew Hoffman, Kyle and Brent Lewis, Kaitlyn and Ian Alderson. He also has two great-grandchildren, Elias and Noah Nelson.

Douglas was born in Bienvi11e, Texas and was raised in Saline, a small town in central Louisiana. He served in the Army and was a veteran of WWII. After the war, Douglas and his new bride followed his parents to Richland. Douglas and Marguerite, along with his parents, were original charter members of the Richland Baptist Church. He worked for a series of Hanford Contractors beginning with Dupont and ending with Rockwell, where he served as a Maintenance Manger. Additionally, Douglas was an entrepreneur owning his own business servicing heaters, air conditioners, swamp coolers and venetian blinds, including installing all the blinds for the original Richland Federal Building. After retiring in 1981, Douglas and Marguerite traveled the world and enjoyed their garden, grandchildren and church activities.

A celebration of his life will take place at the Richland Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 17th, at 12:00. Donations may be made to the Kennewick Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Avenue, Kennewick, Washington 99336.

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  • Dear Cindy and family: My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God continue to show His love for you during this time, and know that your Dad is at peace. I hope to see you at our 45th, Cindy.

    Linda McKnight Hoban
    November 4, 2014
    Tigard, OR, US
  • Richland Baptist Church was my church home growing up. Many thanks to your parents for getting the church started in our new town. My parents, Ruth and Cary Reynolds, were friends of your parents. I know you will miss your father but what a comfort to know he is rejoicing with the Lord.

    Nadine Reynolds Cochran
    November 4, 2014
    Sahuarita, AZ, US
  • My father, Charlie Wells worked with Doug at Hanford, and I also worked with Doug at Radox 200W. All of us in the Instrument Dept. respected Doug and loved listening to his stories.

    Ray Wells
    November 4, 2014
    Desert, Aire, Mattawa, WA, US
  • I was shocked to hear of Doug’s passing. No matter how old you are, it is tough to lose your Dad! My thoughts and love are with you four girls and families. Love, Judy

    Judith A. Williams
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • Kelley, I am out of town and will be unable to attend the service. My thoughts will be with you.

    Larry Williams
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Kelley,

    We were saddened to hear about your father’s passing. What a wonderful life he and your mother had. Difficult time when both parents are both gone now. Our thoughts are with you. May be over in Sequim this summer, so let’s get together.

    Kelly and Don Layfield
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
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