James Daniel Payne

11/08/1959 — 01/07/2024

From Richland, WA | Born in Idaho Falls, ID

James Daniel Payne

James Daniel Payne, 64, peacefully passed away on January 7th, 2024 with his wife Jaye Payne of 45 years and his two daughters by his side.

Jim graduated from Columbia (Richland) High School in 1978 and Graduated from the University of Washington. Jim continued his career as a Senior Project Controls Officer for DOE and taught at CBC for 5 years.

In addition to his wife Jaye, Jim is also survived by his 5 siblings, mother Clairetta, along with his Children Janene Payne-Herman, Bryan Payne, Shelly Payne-Deery (Ryan Deery), his 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting and boating and especially spending time at this cabin on Lake Chelan. He had an infectious laugh you could hear from across the room! He loved “blues” music and was always up for a party! He took opportunities to help others when needed and touched so many lives. He will truly be missed.

The family will be having a celebration of life party (come and go as you please) on February 17th from 1-5pm at the Payne’s home.

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  • Jim was so fun to be around, may he rest in peace and liven up the heavens above! I’ll always remember the great times working together with you guys during Cool Desert Nights and especially our fun road trip to Portland to see the Rose City Kings! Jaye, my heart breaks for you lady and I think of you and your beautiful family daily as you adjust to your new “normal” without Jim. My deepest condolences to you all.

    Lori Miller
    February 12, 2024
    West Richland
  • Jaye, Janene, Bryan, Shelly and family,

    Very heartbroken for all of you and your loss of your Husband, Father, Sibling, Father-in-Law, Grandpa, Uncle etc etc. Jim was one of a kind for sure!! Also, a terrific Bro-in-law. Always willing to help when needed. I will always remember his hunting stories which included losing one of his horses down a cliff (no kidding). He laughed telling the story, so that made it even better. The Holiday gatherings were epic with lots of laughter and Jaye telling Jim to quiet the heck down (More than once) so that she could explain the Christmas gift exchange rules. lol. Jim was a man that truly loved his family and cherished his time up at his Lake Chelan cabin along with attending any Blues Festival that came his way. RIP Jim. You will be missed.

    Brad Low
    January 23, 2024
  • Great man..Great family..will be missed. We’ll see you again sometime 🙏❤️

    Andrew Garcia
    January 22, 2024
    West Richland
  • I loved him so much I just hope he knows this. He will always be in my heart. And his beautiful wife . She will have us all to help her. Thier love for each other was like a love story. We all would like a love like theirs .
    Uncle Jack and Aunt Shirley

    January 14, 2024
  • I’m sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts are with you, your mom and your other loved ones. Take care.

    January 13, 2024
  • Jim was the best neighbor and always there to help. Until the moments he needed to borrow my husband to help him. He was the best neighbor and always had a smile on his face in every interaction. He spoke about Jaye as if they were still in high school. He was so proud of her and their life together. He had every reason to be. They really built something beautiful to be proud of. Your memory will live on, Jim. I’m thankful to have known you.

    Katrina Fultz
    January 13, 2024
    Richland, WA
  • Ur gone to soon 🙁 I’m sad ur gone and thank u for what u have done and thank u for marring us and thank u for letting me have ur amazing grandson dylann. We think of u and we miss u so much. Going to miss ur laugh and ur stubborn. Best memory was going to lake Chelan and u have tryed to kick me and dylann off the tube that was fun. Bella even said that she had so much fun fishing with u. We love u grampa. U will forever be missed and forever in our hearts ❤️

    Allienna Tuveson
    January 12, 2024
  • Aunt Jaye, Janene, Bryan, Shelly, and families,
    Our hearts are with you all during this very difficult time. I consider myself fortunate to have been the niece of such a one-of-a-kind, original, big-hearted uncle. He will be deeply missed but always remembered.
    All our love,
    Karena & Ron

    Karena Morris
    January 12, 2024
    Pasco, WA
  • Oh, Jaye, it’s still so hard to believe Jim has passed. He had such a good heart and was always willing to jump in wherever needed by anyone. His devotion to you and your lifelong journey together was admired by all.
    We loved him dearly, and we love you, too

    Sam and Roxanne Bryant
    January 12, 2024
  • Our deepest condolences Jaye & Family. May you find peace and comfort in each other. Jim was one of the good ones. Always Happy and Kind.
    Love to you all,

    Lupe Peterson
    January 12, 2024
    Chelan, Washington
  • Jim you were always first to help when we needed you at Untapped and we sure shared a lot of fun times listening to the Blues! Jaye we know you will continue to live life to the fullest, Jim wouldn’t have it any other way! Love yA, Eric and Ever Nyberg

    Eric Nyberg
    January 11, 2024
  • Jaye and family, Stan and I are so very sorry for your loss. Although, I only knew Jim through the you, when you talked about him, I could see the the love you had for him. A love that happens that just radiates warmth and compassion. I know how much you loved him and how much you all will miss him, but you have memories that will always be with you, forever. Just know you all are in our thoughts and prayers ❤️

    Suzie Lepka
    January 10, 2024
  • Everyone remembers the first time they met Jim. With a warm heart and the best laugh, his light touched so many people.

    Mike Byron
    January 10, 2024
  • Oh jimmy, what happened to yesterday. If only we could set the clock back to a time when all there was was fun.

    Bob Wisler
    January 10, 2024
    San Antonio Texas
  • Words escape me, he is gone too soon. There is none quite like him: the biggest heart, with a laugh to match! Jim had a way of befriending everyone up lake and helping us all out. His love for Jaye shined through his actions and his words. So many memories bring a smile to my face and now tears to my eyes. My love and deepest sympathy go out to Jaye and family and friends.

    Sandra Clausen
    January 9, 2024
    Manson & Lucerne
  • Dear Jaye and Family,

    We are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing.

    Gary remembers all the time spent with his cousins growing up. He said a highlight was being at Grandma Duncan’s for Christmas with all his cousins and the hunting trips to the mountains when Jim went with them.

    Family is everything and we are all so lucky to be part of such an amazing family.

    Our sincere condolences.

    Gary and Mary Jo Duncan
    January 9, 2024
    Walla Walla WA
  • Well gramps ever since you told me you won the 1980 Olympics in hockey against Russia you were a mentor love ya and will always be missed

    January 9, 2024
  • Dear Jaye and Family,

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing.

    Gary remembers all the play dates with his cousins growing up and the times spent with family that meant everything to him.

    Our deepest condolences to the family 🙏❤️🙏.

    Gary and Mary Jo Duncan
    January 9, 2024
    Walla Walla, WA
  • Jaye and family I’m so sorry to hear of your loss of Jim my thoughts and prayers are with you he was a great Brother-in-law.

    Mike Jones
    January 9, 2024
    Las Vegas NV.
  • My sweet sis and family, I will miss Jimmy like crazy! He was a true brother to me and I will miss him terribly! His memory will live on forever in my heart and mind!

    January 9, 2024
  • So sorry to hear this, Being neighbors for so many years. His laughter could be heard from far away. We are going to miss Jim a lot. Jim will never be forgotten in our home.

    JR and Linda
    January 9, 2024
    Richland Wa
  • Jaye: So sorry to hear about Jimmy, I remember the first day that he went to work for Kaiser Engineers.

    Bruce and Carol Morrison
    January 9, 2024
    Baker City, Oregon
  • Jimmy, you are one of a kind. I love “every bone in your body”. Always your TC

    Theresa Beehler
    January 9, 2024
  • Jaye, Tony and I are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We have wonderfully happy memories of time spent with Jim!

    Julie DiLiberto
    January 9, 2024
    Aldie, VA
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