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Deaths: March 25, 2002

March 25, 2002

JOE A. "CHIRI" LEON

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Joe A. "Chiri" Leon, 71, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Ben Davison will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Leon was born on June 12, 1930, in El Centro, where he was raised and attended schools.

He worked in agriculture for Rapid Harvest & Rolling R Ranches for 25 years.Mr. Leon was preceded in death by his sisters Lorencia Leon, Genevieve Aguilera and Dolores Garcia.Survivors include his wife, Erlinda Diaz Leon of Brawley; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Ramon Montoya of Indio; daughters, Christina Leon of Riverside and Imelda Valencia of Mexicali; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe Jr. and Mary Leon of Hollister, Jesus and Maria Leon of San Bernardino and Amado and Helen Leon of Brawley; sisters, Isabel Morales, Rosa Sandoval, Mary Helen Guillen and Eleanor Salgado, all of Brawley; brothers, Arnold Leon of Indio, and Salvador, Philip and Juan Leon, all of Brawley; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

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WILLIAM W. "BILL" PAYNE

No services are planned for William W. "Bill" Payne, 81, of Rancho Bernardo, a longtime El Centro resident who died March 18 in Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego

His ashes will be buried in Fort Rosecrans Memorial Cemetery in Point Loma.

Mr. Payne was born Dec. 7, 1920 in El Centro, where he lived for 78 years.

He was a graduate of Central Union High in El Centro and attended college in Tempe, Ariz.

Mr. Payne enlisted in the Navy Air Corps in 1942 and served as a flight instructor during World War II.

After his service with Navy ended in 1945, Mr. Payne did crop dusting throughout the Imperial Valley until he went into accounting.

He worked as an accounting and office manager for Central Valley Feed Yards and then for El Toro Land and Cattle Co. until his retirement.

Mr. Payne was a member of the Elks Club in El Centro and played lots of golf throughout the Imperial Valley. He resided in Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Facility for the last three years, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Michael Payne, on Feb. 4, 2001.

Survivors include his son, William W. "Bill" Payne Jr. of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Eva Marie Payne-Escobedo and Martin Escobedo of Anchor Point, Alaska; ex-wife, Eva Payne-Corbin of San Diego; daughters-in-law, Joann Ard-Payne of El Cajon and Wendy Powell-Payne of London, Ontario, Canada; grandson, Michael D. Payne of El Centro; granddaughter and spouse, Michele Payne-Fiedler and Charles Fiedler of Fort Bragg, N.C.; great-granddaughters, Stephanie Fiedler of Fort Bragg and Cortney Payne-Escobedo of Anchor Point; great-grandson, Donovan Payne-Escobedo of Anchor Point; sister and brother-in-law, Marcel Payne-Maraist and Joe Maraist of Escondido; niece, Marcella Ann Maraist of Escondido; and longtime friend and companion, Betty Baxter-Aaron of Del Mar.

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