Bryant Ross Payne, 66 of Salida, died Feb. 29, 2012, after losing his battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 12, 1945, to Elmer and Rose (Bean) Payne in Cañon City.
He attended Cañon City schools, graduating in 1963.
Mr. Payne married Winona “Nonie” Seal in 1965.
They moved their family to the Salida area in 1972 when he began working for the Colorado Department of Transportation on Monarch as a highway maintenance worker. He retired with 30 years of service.
Mr. Payne loved horses, ranching and the cowboy way of life, which led to his favorite hobby, making Western bits and spurs.
He was a lifetime member of The National Bit, Spur, and Saddle Collectors Association, the Colorado Saddle Makers Association, and The American Quarter Horse Association.
Mr. Payne was an accomplished leather crafter and tied flies for fishing.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing “Mertle and Matilda,” his guitars. He also enjoyed going to auctions and visiting with his friends.
Mr. Payne was proud of his seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years; son, Bryant Jr. (Tammy) Payne of Cañon City; daughter, Malissa (John) Clark of Salida; brother, Leland (Martha) Payne of Colorado Springs; sisters, Joyce (Clarence) Nelson of Florence and Maxi Lu (Bob) Carrica of La Junta; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
His services will be at 11 a.m. March 10, 2012, at the Salida Vineyard Church, 1201 East U.S. 50, Salida.
Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. A potluck luncheon will be served at Salida Vineyard Church immediately following the interment.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bryant Payne Medical Fund at Collegiate Peaks Bank in Salida.
Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be offered at lewisandglenn.com.