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Marlin Albert Payne, 83, went to be with the Lord on April 2, 2013.

Marlin was born Feb. 7, 1930, in Joliet to Francis and Tena Payne. He married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Dottie Zier. He worked for his dad in Billings for an unfinished furniture store. He also had a used comic book business and worked at his parents' laundromat. He then started a band and began playing at the 17th Bar and the Midway Club, which started his musical career. He started promoting big name stars such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Crickets, Johnny Cash, Farron Young, the Beach Boys and many others, to name a few.

Family time was very important as he would take his wife and three boys to Waterton Park, Canada, for two weeks each year. Later in life, he and his wife would move to Cooney Dam where they enjoyed fishing, beach combing and finding many new friends over the 12 years of living there.

Marlin is survived by his wife, Dottie, his brother Frank (Kathy), his three sons, Michael (Tina), Randy (Jennifer) and Travis (Sherri), 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; cousins Kay (Durwood) Johnson and nephews Cody and Kelly Payne.

Cremation has taken place. The celebration of Marlin's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Central Court Village, 78 27th St. W. (behind Target).

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