Dean M. Payne

Dean M. Payne

Dean M. Payne

Dean M. Payne, 87, of Montoursville and Key West, Fla., passed away Monday, Nov. 1, 2016, at Valley View Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 25, 1929, in Fond du Lac, Wis., the only child of Leonard G. and Clarabel Cummings Payne.

Dean was a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and served his country in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War in the United States Navy retiring at the rank of Commander. He taught coastal and celestial navigation at Florida Keys Community College and owned a Marine Hardware and Sail Loft. He was a life member of the Key West Yacht Club, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, was one of the founding members of the Key West Sailing Club and loved sailing.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Jean Hackbart; his daughters, Susan Elliott and Virginia Payne; step son, James Parsons; step daughters,  Lynne Lindsay, Karen Davis and Kimberly Williams; and five grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will be in Rienzi Cemetery, Fond du Lac, Wis.  Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home Montoursville.