Donald Lee Payton, 80, of North Platte passed away peacefully the morning of Sept. 4, 2022 at Great Plains Health surrounded by his family.

He was born May 28, 1942 to Cecile and Bessie Payton in Jay, Okla. In his early adult years, he moved to North Platte and started working in Ogallala where he found work as a welder with his friend Joe Walker.

There he met Patricia Walker they were united in marriage Dec. 9, 1961. Through this union two children were born, a daughter Terri Lynn and a son Russell Lee.

Don loved hunting, fishing, boating, water, and snow skiing. He always enjoyed taking his family on vacations.

After working as a welder, he was hired on to the Union Pacific as a conductor. He dedicated his life to railroad for 38 years.

When Don retired from the railroad, he and his wife Patricia loved to travel with their fifth wheeler to explore different parts of the United States. They finally settled in southern Texas in Palmview at Greengate, a 55+ gated community. They bought a house and became snowbirds traveling back and forth from North Platte to Texas. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandpa.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Payton; daughter, Terri Lynn and Steve Hemans of Arvada, Colo.; son, Russell and Karen Payton of North Platte; grandchildren, April Evans and Ryan Shaddox and Zach and Sarah Evans of Westminster, Colo., Jacob Payton and Terri Butrick of Lincoln, Stevie Hemans and Michael Graham of Thornton, Colo., Alyssa Payton and Ryan Foster of Lake Charles, La., Cassie and Lance Williams of Branson, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Janie Evans and Ava Evans; Debby and Tom Sherrer and many more relatives that love and will miss him.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Howard Payton and Bob Payton, parents-in-law, Harry and Eva Russell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Myron and Marilyn Walker, Joe and Ramona Walker; , Joan and Jerry Lorraine and a niece Sandy Schulz.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is entrusted with arrangements. Pastor Mike Evans will officiate. Flowers are welcome to be sent to Carpenter Memorial Chapel.

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