Todd A. Payne

60, of Lansing, passed away on January 10, 2021. Todd was born in Lansing, Michigan, on May 7, 1961, to Richard Payne and Carol Haga. He started playing hockey at a young age, eventually playing on his school team. He was a hockey player for most of his life, playing on many local teams. Todd also loved surfing, music, boating, and riding his motorcycle. He was a local bartender for many years. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed to play golf.

Todd is survived by his father, Richard Payne; mother, Carol (Payne) Haga; stepdad, Gale Haga; brothers, Mark (Nola) Payne and Dirk (LeAnn) Payne; sister, Cheri (Tom) Mastroianni; 8 nieces and nephews; and 3 great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family asks that contributions be made to the West Michigan American Heart Association.

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Vicki (Queen) Taylor Roberts
January 12, 2022 at 5:22 pm

We were so saddened to learn of our beloved Pastor Mark’s middle brother, Todd’s sudden unexpected passing. Please know that we offer up our heartfelt sympathy to all of his beloved family & friends. Our prayers & thoughts are with you & safe travels as needed home.

David & Vicki Roberts
Springfield, Ohio
Chalice Class
Asbury United Methodist Church, North Hampton, OH

Jane Manz Hapeman
January 12, 2022 at 6:38 pm

So very sorry for your entire family and special prayers for Carol whom I have known since I was born as our parents were the best of friends,

Ronald Hargett
January 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

The face and personality of one who never met a stranger. Per weight, the greatest hockey defenseman and slapshot, as well as longest drive off the tee I ever witnessed. Very entertaining temper on the course, I must add. Great memories of you dating back to Wainwright Elementary RIP, Todd.

Abby Callen
January 12, 2022 at 9:29 pm

I am deeply sadden for my Great Aunt Carol and her family. I didn’t know Todd very well but it sounded like he had heck of a life. I’ll be thinking of my extended family at this time of difficulty.

-Abby Callen

Timothy Salinas
January 12, 2022 at 11:06 pm

Todd was one of nicest guys you would ever want to meet. Saw him a.few times over the years after HS and always picked up the conversation were we left off. My prayers and condolences to the entire Payne family, he will be missed.

Kathy Dobie
January 12, 2022 at 11:34 pm

Thoughts and prayer for my friends Mark and Nola at the loss of your beloved brother, and to all the family. What a tremendous. I prayer for strength for all in the coming days as you celebrate and remember Todd’s life.

Nathan Maher
January 13, 2022 at 7:39 am

Eternal rest grant unto Todd, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

tim barron
January 13, 2022 at 1:21 pm

Todd was a gentle soul–and a real professional….Bartending is a craft–and he excelled at it.
Many thanks friend, for the laughs and great times..You added to our lives and will be missed.

Condolences to his family and friends—-Tim Barron and Janet Sparrow

Kris LaGuire
January 13, 2022 at 8:52 pm

It is with a heavy heart that I offer my thoughts and condolences to the Payne family for their loss of Todd, a great son, brother, uncle, and in my case, long time friend. From our early days in elementary school when Todd’s athletic prowess and unique sense of humor became evident (I recall him telling me the reason he had long arms was from sliding head first into home plate), Todd was a true friend through thick and thin. As teenagers he taught me how to water ski at his family cottage, we had many epic ping pong battles in his basement (where the floor, walls and ceiling were covered with hockey puck marks from his slapshot practice sessions), and his wonderful mom Carol would let us play into the wee hours and then feed us afterwards. As many of us know and are now reflecting upon, Todd was a great friend to have – he was always up for adventure, he loved sports, quality music, and live entertainment, he was an exceptional bartender, and if you were ever in a bind, he was always there for you. The last time I saw him was at our 40th high school reunion a couple years ago, and it was like old times. My best to the family and friends of our one and only Todd!

Paul and Linda Thompson
January 14, 2022 at 3:21 pm

We were so saddened to learn of Todd’s passing. Todd was one of our nephews, and we have fond memories of our daughters growing up with Todd and his family, especially our times together at Morrison Lake. Our sympathy to his mom, my sister, Carol, his sister, Cheri, and his brothers Mark and Dirk.

Fred Hannula
January 16, 2022 at 1:53 pm

I am very sorry for your loss. I spent many hours with Todd playing baseball at Wainwright just across the fence from your back yard. My prayers go out to the entire Payne family.

Joshua Arritt
January 16, 2022 at 3:57 pm

Love this guy, he was a best friend, brother and a father figure in my life all in one. Taught me how to play darts, hockey, golf, surf, water ski, and we rode motorcycles together all the time when we lived together. I’m very empathetic to the family’s loss.

Joni Stephens
February 4, 2022 at 10:38 pm

Todd was a wonderful, gentle soul. We spent all our school years together-Wainwright to Hill.
He liked to laugh, play jokes, and would brightened any class that I had with him. Later on, visit him at the Knight Cap while he was working to get reacquainted. He was kind to everyone he knew. I’m going to miss you, dear friend. Until we met again. My prayers to your family.


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