Gordon "Kelly" Leigh Payne Jr. of Paonia died Dec. 17, 2016. He was 61.
He was born in Los Angeles April 17, 1955. He and his wife Mona purchased property in Paonia and had lived there both full-time and part-time for the past six to eight years.
Mr. Payne was the fourth-generation president and owner of Payne Heating & Air in Los Angeles.
He enjoyed woodworking, outdoor adventures, especially skiing and snowshoeing, and spending time with his family and friends. A talented keyboard and vocal musician, he played with his Ketchum, Idaho-based band, Str8tUp.
He is survived by three sons, Daniels (Miranda) Payne, Tucker Payne and Wyatt Payne; a daughter, Caitlin (Nick) Danius of Paonia; his grandchildren, Henry, Simone, Theo, Hugo and Charlie; his siblings, Maryleigh, Susy, Larry and Terry, and his wife, Mona Payne.
A memorial service will be held in the spring.