October 20, 2010

Ivan Leroy Payne

Ivan Leroy Payne passed away September 15, 2010 in Kingsburg, California. Ivan was born November 13, 1922 to Percy and Minnie Payne in Springfield, Missouri. He moved to Santa Paula, CA in 1949.

His first job in California was for Fay Fort Automotive. He later worked for Santa Paula Ford, Agri Serv, and Valley Ford Tractor. He started his own business in 1990, hedging and skirting citrus trees.

You could usually find him working on old tractors in his spare time. In the winter he spent his time as Santa Claus for the City, and rode in the parade as Santa or on one of his old tractors, for 20 to 30 years.

He is survived by his second wife, Kathrine Payne of Kingsburg, CA; two sons, Roland (Sandra) of Santa Paula, CA and Terry (Kathy) of Valley Springs, CA; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother Jack Payne of Nixa, Missouri; and sisters Roberta Prosser of Springfield, Missouri and Katie Avery of Republic, Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Eva Payne.

Site Search



Call 805 525 1890 to receive the entire paper early. $50.00 for one year.