Dear reader and visitor, it is with heavy heart and much sorrow that I must inform you all that Michele Payne has informed me that Don Payne has passed away:
I wanted to let you know that Don passed away yesterday at home. He loved looking at your site....it brought back great memories for him.
I know you know many people that would want to know of his passing.
I am meeting with the funeral home here in Indianapolis today and will get back with you on his arrangements. He will be buried next week with a graveside service in Hot Springs.
Don had the distinction of airing the last "Beaker Street" on KAAY, before The Last Day, when Clyde Clifford aired that last hour. Don had been couragiously fighting pancreatic and liver cancer and had recently undergone three operations, the latest about a week ago to relocate a bile duct. In his last e-mail to me, he was upbeat and hopeful, albeit a little sore from the latest procedure. He was alwayS Don, never down-hearted, always hopeful and thankful for all your good thoughts and prayers for his recovery.
Don was also a fellow Ham radio operator, whom I never got the opportunity to talk with over the air. He expressed trying to get an antenna up and us getting together, but his work schedule, and consequently his illness, precluded his efforts.
As soon as Michele gets me the funeral arrangements, I will print them here for you. May Hot Springs, AR experience a major traffic jam with his procession!
We love you, Don...tell Pat, A. J., George, Richard, Barry and all the Others "hello" for us....
Bud S. (firstname.lastname@example.org)