Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Holton Hiram Payne

Holton Hiram Payne, longtime Kay and Osage County rancher/farmer, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the Ponca City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ponca City. He was 89.

The son of Virgil Lynn Payne and Dorothy Elizabeth (Bush) Payne, Holton was born April 25, 1927 in the family home on Little Beaver Creek seven miles north of Kaw City in Kay County. He completed his education in Shidler High School where he graduated with the class of 1945.

On July 22, 1945 he married the love of his life, Betty Jane Harvey, and they established their home in rural Kay County. Together they celebrated more than 71 years of married life and enjoyable hard work on their farm and ranch.

Holton began his career as a rancher and farmer at an early age by buying calves no one else wanted for $1.00 apiece at the Newkirk Sale Barn. He raised those calves and then sold them. He spent the next 75 years in the occupation he loved most, raising cattle and horses, and farming, primarily in Kay and Osage Counties.

Holton was a member of the Shidler United Methodist Church. He was a founding member and first president of the Kay County Cattleman’s Association. He was also a member of the Osage Cattleman’s Association, the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association and the National Cattleman’s Association. He spent considerable time and took great pride in caring for his farm and ranch. In 2006 Holton was given the Outstanding Cooperator Award from the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. In 2015 he was given the Conservation Award from the Kay County Conservation District.

In 2016 he was presented the Governor’s Conservation Award. He enjoyed raising and racing horses, playing dominoes and pitch with his family and friends, and hunting coyotes.

Holton is survived by his loving wife, Jane, of the home; his sons and daughters-in-law, Harvey and Leisa Payne of Pawhuska, Joe and Peggy Payne of Newkirk, Bob and Debbie Payne of Shidler, John and Judy Payne of also of Shidler, Al and Pam Payne of Ponca City; his sister, JoAnne Cox of Owasso; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Dorothy Payne.

Funeral services for Mr. Payne will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in the Shidler United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paula Tucker officiating. Interment will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. The body will lie in state at the funeral home Monday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. with the family being available from 4-6 p.m. to visit with friends who stop by. The casket will also be open at the church in Shidler Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time.

Grandsons serving as casket bearers will be Aron Payne, Al Holton Payne, Bobby Payne, Lynn Payne, Abe Payne and Eric Payne. Honorary bearers are Chet Herren, Dr. Reg Holton Cully, Shane Stevens,

Matt Sniffin, Josh Sellers, Jay Paul Fagan and Dusty Gracia.

Those wishing to honor Holton Payne may do so with a contribution in his name to the Shidler United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 366, Shidler 74652.