Originally Published: June 7, 2011 9:54 p.m.
Sherman Rodgers Payne, 86, died in Prescott, Ariz., on June 3, 2011. He was born in Prescott on Sept. 11, 1924. Sherman grew up on the original Granite Dells homestead, the son, grandson and great-grandson of Prescott and Camp Verde pioneers. He is the son of Emily Belle Rodgers and Morris Wing Payne, who preceded him in death.
Sherman is survived by his wife of 61 years, Charline Payne; four children, Rodger, Janet, Beth and Mark; and four grandchildren, Andra, Matt, Katie and Kellen.
Sherman graduated from Prescott High School, class of 1943. He then joined the Navy during World War II and later completed college at Arizona State Teachers College (now ASA) in 1948. Sherman worked for Arizona Public Service for 39 years, primarily as advertising manager in Phoenix, where his children were raised. He and his wife moved back to Granite Dells in 1980, where they built a home. He retired in 1986.
Sherman was loved by many for his integrity, humility, honesty, and his dry and sometimes silly sense of humor. Sherman's fondest memories were of the Granite Dells swimming lake and dance hall as a boy and young man. In its heyday, it was a popular destination in the area. Sherman helped his parents run "The Dells." In his youth, he was a diving champ and a lifeguard. He also enjoyed playing pranks and teasing the girls who came out to The Dells.
Sherman was a lifelong member of the Congregational Church, like his ancestors, in Prescott and also in Phoenix. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Phoenix, the Phoenix Press club and the Masonic Lodge in Prescott.
A public viewing for Sherman will be at the Hampton Funeral Home in Prescott from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011, followed by burial at Mountain View Cemetery at noon. A memorial service for Sherman will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2011 at the First Congregational Church in Prescott. He will be greatly missed.
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