Thomas Bradley Payne, 76, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Cedar City, Utah. He was born on Friday, November 30, 1945, the fifth of six children to Herman Matthew and Hannah 'Valate' Pickett Payne, in Ogden, Utah. At the age of six-yearsold, being called Brad as a child, he moved with his family to Santa Barbara, California.\nWhen Brad was twelve, he was chosen to star in a Disney made-for-TV movie called The Pidgeon That Worked a Miracle. He played Chad, a crippled boy who raised homing pigeons. His favorite, a female named Pidge, helped to work a miracle in Chad's life. Brad loved every aspect of making the movie, but most of all he loved working with Pidge. While growing up, Brad developed a great love for football and baseball that stayed with him his entire life.\nAfter Brad graduated from San Marcos High School, he got in his car, left Santa Barbara and the name Brad behind, and as Thom drove to Provo, Utah, to attend Brigham Young University. Following three semesters at BYU, Thom enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served three years in Regular Army with the 101st Airborne Division for Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Jump School, Infantry and Officer Candidate School (OCS). He also spent time with the 82nd Airborne Division. His last year was spent in Vietnam. He came home as a 1st Lieutenant, and returned to BYU with his first wife, Kay, to finish his B.S. in Business Management. There Thom joined the Utah National Guard and became Special Forces (Green Beret) qualified and worked up to the rank of Captain.\nIn 1973 he moved his young, growing family to Southern California where he joined the California National Guard and eventually made it to rank of Major. He accumulated a total of eleven years with the National Guard, and six children, one son passing away shortly after birth. They also welcomed a Navajo daughter, Georgia, into their home for a time.\nThom worked in business and sales most of his adult life that gave him many opportunities to travel the U.S., and also internationally. While working two years in Eugene, Oregon, he met his best friend, Lisa. They married in 1991, and he added three more daughters to his family. His favorite saying was "Together we have a total of nine kids. They are all boys, except for the seven girls!"\nWhen Thom was fifty-five years of age, he finally realized what he wanted to do "when he grew up." He returned to school and gained his Master's Degree and Teaching Credential and taught 7th Grade Math and Science for the most of his eighteen years of teaching. He was always saying it was the funnest job he ever had.\nActive most of his life in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Thom held many positions of service. His most rewarding was serving as the Ward Clerk for three different bishoprics. He grew to truly love serving his Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. When in Thom's presence one could feel that great love. Thom will always be remembered for his wonderful love of life, of people, and especially for his joyful, contagious laughter. Thom loved to laugh!\nThom is survived by his wife: Lisa Hansen Payne, children: Cynthia Lee Diaz, Kristin Betty (Andy) Cox, Tamara Lynn Church, and Thomas 'Jason' (Nancy) Payne; step-children: Megan Mary (Kade) Gourley, Lydia Ruth (Kyle) Home, and Hannah Elizabeth (Corey) Ostler, 18 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: David Herman Payne and Gary Barton Payne.\nPreceding Thom in death were his parents: Herman Matthew and Hannah 'Valate' Pickett Payne, two sisters: Ilene May Critchfield and JoAnn Ross, a brother: Martin 'Douglas' Payne, a son: Adam Michael Payne, a daughter: Stacie Renee Payne, and a grandson: Travis Jacob Church.\nTo celebrate and say, "See you later" to Thom you are invited to any of the following: On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, a Viewing 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2022, a Viewing 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Service 1:00 p.m. All will be at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Cedar City West Stake Center (725 South 1100 West, Cedar City, Utah). Interment will be Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 1:00pm, at Utah Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Utah, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary and the Utah Army National Guard.\nClick on the link below to watch live stream of service.\nhttps://my.gather.app/remember/thomas-payne\n\nTo plant Memorial Trees in memory of Thomas Bradley Payne, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.