Well Done Thou Good & Faithful Servant!
Ronald Payne Sr. was called home to be with the Lord the morning of Wednesday, March 3, 2021. He was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and loved ones.
Ron was born May 2, 1943 to Harrison and Hazel Payne in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the only son, along with two daughters Marleen and Lois.
Ron graduated from Du Pont Manual High School in 1961. His most notable extracurricular activity was playing the French horn in the marching band.
After graduation, Ron enlisted in the United States Navy, where he was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, as a submarine sonar technician. In Newport News, Virginia he met his future wife Alma at the Crescent Hotel, where she was a waitress. In 1965, they were united in Holy Matrimony. Their union was blessed with three children, Ronnie, Randi and Ricki.
During the 1970s, they moved to San Diego, California, making it their permanent residence. They later moved to Meadowbrook Apartments, where he was known for driving his orange and white VW bus. In 1975, he retired from the Navy as a Sonar Technician First Class and a Naval School Instructor. He went on to study at San Diego City College where he made the Dean’s List three times, and graduated with associate's degrees in Data Processing, Manufacturing Technology, and Digital Electronics Technician. Later in his career, he worked as a supervisor at Quidel Corp.
Ron had a love for music, one of his favorite activities was karaoke. His favorite song to perform was Lionel Ritchie’s “All Night Long.” He loved karaoke so much, he made a cd where he sang covers of his favorite songs!
Ron always stayed in contact with his family and friends. He was affectionately known as Ron, Uncle Ron, or Pops. His smile would light up a room, his conversations were deep, especially when discussing military life. He had the biggest heart one could ever have. He was a proud veteran, who lived his life with honor, integrity and respect.
Ron was preceded in death by his wife Alma Payne, both parents Harrison and Hazel Payne, step mother Marie Payne, his sisters Marleen and Lois Payne, and niece Yvonne Last Name. He leaves to cherish his memories his three children: Ronald “Ronnie” Payne Jr., Randi Payne-Hamilton (Michael), Ricki Payne; grandchildren: Ashley Payne-Stallings, Anaya Wilson, Ricky “RJ” Payne Jr., Tyson Boards, Michael and Mykelle Hamilton; great-grand daughter Izara Seldon; godsons Jim Woodard and Shawn Bowen; nephew Nate Tennyson; niece Christy Curry; and a host of cousins and friends.
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