Services this Friday for Manny Payne, 72

ALPINE - Manuel Bustamante Payne “Mano” 72 and a lifetime resident of Alpine died March 21, 2014. Rosary will be recited at 7 tonight at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m., March 28, at Our Lady of Peace. Burial will follow at the Holy Angels Cemetery. Alpine Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. He was born Sep. 10, 1941, to Rocky and Cruz Payne. He was a graduate of Alpine High School and attended Sul Ross State University. He married Luisa on Nov. 21, 1972. Out of this marriage came the greatest gifts of his life, son Eric and daughter Cynthia. He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation following 35 years of service. Well known by anyone in the Big Bend who was involved in youth sports activities, he coached little league baseball for 23 years. A field was dedicated in his honor for his years of service. He touched many lives coaching. He served as a football and basketball official for many years all over the Big Bend. He recruited a large number of young people into the profession. He served his community in many ways: he served on the Alpine Planning and Zoning Commission, Alpine Parks and Recreation Board, the Animal Humane Society Board. He served three two year terms on the Alpine City Council. He was a member of the Lion’s Club and served as an Ambassador for several years. He enjoyed watching the Texas Longhorns play ball. He also had a passion for horses. Growing up he spent time on ranches. He worked as a ranch hand and mastered the art of breaking horses. He is survived by his wife Luisa Payne, two adult children, Eric and Cynthia, sisters; Nora Geron and Suzy Acosta and brother Larry Payne. His loving grandchildren , Manuel Isaac Payne, Deanna Janae Payne, Dionee Jewel Payne, Josue Ange Payne, Aneesa Izabel Payne, Araceli Elyse Ramos and Alec Xavier Ramos. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews
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