Kenneth Craig Payne passed away peacefully on Feb. 9 after a long battle with lung cancer. Ken was born April 10, 1961, to George Kenneth Payne and Jeane Melvina (Arnold) Payne in Torrance, Calif. He enjoyed growing up in southern California and attended Rolling Hills High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Ken played acoustic and electric guitar. He played soccer in high school, enjoyed backpacking to the Grand Canyon and traveled to China with his dad. Ken married MaryAnn (Hyller) and then joined the Army, where he became a military equipment mechanic. Ken is preceded in death by his wife, MaryAnn. He leaves behind three children, Jonathan and Christopher, of Pagosa Springs, and Jennifer, of Sturgis, S.D. Also left behind is stepson Michael and sisters Melissa and Sharman. Ken loved his family above all else and will be truly missed.