PHILIPSBURG — William H. (Bill) Payne, 68, passed away July 9, 2018, finally succumbing to ODTAA (One Damn Thing After Another). Bill was born August 28, 1949 to Harry and Hazel (Karnes) Payne at the old Park Hospital in Livingston. He lived on a cattle ranch near Emigrant, until completing high school. Bill attended grade school in a one-room school house next to the Emigrant cemetery and graduated from Park County High School in 1967. He received graduate degrees from the University of Montana and the University of Denver.
Bill was proud of working as a cowboy for neighboring ranches, shoeing horses, working for the forest service, being a janitor and his other part-time work during college. He was honored to have taught great students at the University of Montana and Whitworth College. Bill worked as a CPA for 17 years in Montana and Washington. He also spent 20 years in management with the Anaconda Credit Bureau, Group Health Northwest and Avista Corporation. Bill and Pam were married in 1979, living north of Spokane, Washington for over 30 years and had horses, dogs and cats for most of their married life. He was very happy and content after retiring in 2009 to their rural property near Philipsburg.
Bill was fortunate to have had many good teachers, friends, co-workers as well as horses and dogs in his life. He enjoyed living in the country, operating old farm equipment, riding horses, skiing when he could, fishing and driving dirt roads in his Jeep. Bill served on several charitable boards, including the Board of Directors for Deaconess and Valley Hospitals in Spokane. He believed in the mission of 4H and FFA, supporting various charitable causes, University of Montana Academics and the Griz.
Preceding Bill in death were his parents, grandparents and numerous other family members and friends.
Surviving him are his wife and best friend Pam; sister Kay and husband Ivan Kelso of Mullin, TX; brother-in-law Bob Brown and wife Mary of Anaconda; his father’s siblings, Martha Hampson and Clark Payne of Livingston.
No public services are planned at this time. For those who wish, memorials may be made to your local food bank, animal shelter or to a charity of the donor’s choice.