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William Donald "Don" Payne Obituary


Memories & Candles

“I just learned of Don's passing this evening from QST magazine, an Amateur Radio journal. I met Don as a young kid of 12 years. He was working as...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Jason Whiteaker - Fort Wayne, IN

“I thought about Don today and did an internet search of his name. Sadly, I find that Don passed away almost one year ago. How sad. I met Don in...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Mark Brumback - co-worker

“Dear Steve and Michelle, I met Steve in 1987 while working in Little Rock. I moved back home in '88, and for the next 5-10 years, Steve would fly...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Mike "Leo" Leonardi - Aurora, IL

“Steven, Im sorry about you losing your brother. Don was close friends with my brother, Leslie Price & at our house all the time! He use to tell me he...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Doris Price (Perry)

“I knew Don in High School. We visited often at his house and played with mics and speakers. I went to college and we lost contact. A few years...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Fred - North Little Rock, AR

“You are in my thoughts and prayers Michelle. Love you.... Sandra ”
6 of 33 | Posted by: Sandra Carter

“I was a fan of Don's work when he was on the radio at WZPL. I think this was back in the day when he was experimenting with echo processing on the...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Sean Mattingly - Anderson, IN

“Working with Don was wonderful. Don would do anything you asked and then ask for more. Our time spent together at the NAB Conventions was the best....Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Gary Bennett - Saint Louis, MO

“I have two great memories of Don. The first was on a very hot July afternoon back in the late 90s. I was on the air at WZPL and the central air had...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Greg Browning - Indianapolis, IN

“My heart goes out to the family of Don Payne. ”
10 of 33 | Posted by: Erin Keesee - Frineed

“To Don's Family & Friends... Sincere thoughts & prayers to you all. Don was an excellent "Radio Guy", and one of best that I've come in contact...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Jonnie King - St. Louis, MO

“I am truly sorry for your loss! I knew Don practically my whole life. He was one if my brothers friends and was always at our house. He always had a...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Denise Price Murphree - Friend

“Don you were always a pleasure to talk to! I always loved your obsession with how cold the draft beer was! I know you are up there making sure the...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Brittany Hargraves - Friend

“As we all celebrate the life of Don Payne, I'd like to share a few of my memories. Back in the seventies, I was hosting Beaker Street at the KAAY...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Stuart McRae - Dallas, TX

Talent, Engineer, Worker, Friend to all... “Michelle, I'm sorry about your loss of a great guy and to frinds and family my prayers are with you. ”
15 of 33 | Posted by: Gary Hoffmann - Indianapolis, IN

“I worked with Don in Little Rock back in the 70's at KAAY/KLPQ. I'm originally from Indy (Carmel H.S. 1973), so when my mom was alive, we'd get to...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Mark Larsen - Tampa Bay, FL

“Not sure I can add anything more to what's already been said...Don's a super person who wore his heart on his sleeve, cared about everyone and...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Frank Foti - Cleveland, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Don years ago at WAZY in Lafayette. He had a terrific can-do attitude. My husband and I always joked that...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Shelley Triol - Indianapolis, IN

“My family & I moved to Indiana in 1995. By God's grace we moved next door to Don Payne. A better neighbor there never was! I went to my first Indy...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Werner Winkler

“Don and his family lived across the street from my family when we were children in North Little Rock, AR. I have fond memories of Don and his...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Beth Westenhaver Weatherford - AR

“Michelle, Kevin and I want you to know we are hear for you if you need any help or anything. We are very sorry for your lose and we are going to miss...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Crissy Mayer & Kevin Krooswyk

“Don was a dear man, always having something nice to say. Even in his fight, he was upbeat and a lifter of heads, an encourager. Heaven is richer,...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Bud Stacey - AL

“My sincere condolences to the Payne family. No doubt the sorrow you feel is great for the loss of your loved one. It is my prayer that you are able...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Dee Powers - IN

“Love and prayers to Michele and the others who are feeling this loss. ”
24 of 33 | Posted by: Paul and Linda Searcy

“Don was a wonderful person to work with. Every time you would see him he had a tendancy to lift you up. I would come in to work many times and even...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: Bro. Patrick Cole - Indianapolis, IN

“Don was held up in prayer by us and by many during his illness. We have the hope of Christ that Don has life everlasting. God B;ess Don and his...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Martin Hensley - Greenfield, IN

“Here I am working for Radio and TV in China, by chance we known each other via Internet. We never seen each other, but he was just like my closest...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Jianhe Li - friend

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Don Payne. I'm so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked in Little Rock, Arkansas as Continuity...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Harriet Coffey - Charlotte, NC

“I met Don Payne through my brother Mike Ruppe. Don was so fun to be around and I loved when he came to visit our home. I am frantically looking for a...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Jamie Wiegand - Friend

“Don was such a kind person. It was a pleasure working with him. ”
30 of 33 | Posted by: LISA PAINTER - co-worker

“Don is a friend to everyone who knows him. We never worked together but were friends in the business. Don was willing to guide and help when I had an...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Russ Dodge - Indianapolis, IN

“There was always a spark inside of Don. Everything excited him. It seemed that if there was a storm and he had to trek through feet of snow to get...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Riggs - Co-Worker, Friend.

“Dear Payne Family, There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - IN


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William Donald “Don” Payne
53, Indianapolis, passed away December 12, 2010. Don was a broadcast engineer for Radio One. While attending the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, he worked at radio stations, KAAY and KLPO. Later, Don worked at WZUS and WAZY in Lafayette, IN, while attending Purdue University’s School of Engineering. He then moved to Indianapolis where he was an On-Air personality and engineer at WZPL. After working as Director of Engineering for WKRQ in Cincinnati, OH, Don returned to Indianapolis to be Chief Engineer for Radio One’s four radio and one T.V. stations. He was a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Indiana Broadcasters Association and Men’s Auxillary of VFW Post #7119. Don is survived by his loving wife, Michele Payne; step-children, Colby Loveland, Daniel Loveland and Amanda (Blake) Snyder; brother, Steven Mitchell Payne and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy McDonald and Mary Agnes(Forgy) Payne. Services for Don will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at Flanner and Buchanan Market Street Funeral Center, 635 E. Market St., with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 17. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Little Red Door, 1801 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan