Douglas G. Payton, 75, Albuquerque, N.M.: Sept. 17, 1940 – Jan. 9, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Douglas Gail Payton, 75, passed away peacefully with his family by his side in the early morning of Jan. 9, 2016.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 36 years, Ann Payton (AnnieAnn), and his two canine kids, Mollie and Ollie.

Surviving him are also his son, Orlando Payton, and wife, Novella; daughter, Juanita Brooks and fiancée Travis Wilson; stepdaughter, Antoinette and husband Paul Martinez; grand children, Jake, Laile, and Luke Brooks, and Ariel and Matt Payton; step-grandchildren, Josh and Johnathon Ortiz, and Briana, Venessa and Veronica Quiroz; brothers, Marick Payton and wife, Judith, from Mexico, Ken Payton, Truth or Consequences, N.M., Greg Payton and wife, Diane, Taos, N.M., and Bryce Payton and partner Josef, of London, England. 

Douglas was born in Ottawa, Ill., on Sept. 17, 1940, and raised in Overbrook, Kan. He was preceded in death by his father, Judge Dwight Payton, and mother, Gladys, of Aztec, N.M.

Aside from his true love for his wife, grandkids and canine kids, he loved to fly, dine out and occasionally assisting paying his share of Casino Utilities (his joke).

During his school days, Doug and his brothers were very active in the operations of their father’s printing company, the daily Aztec Independent Review, and also in various locations throughout New Mexico. While serving in the U.S. Army, he was assigned to the Department of Psychology, where he completed the clinical psychology procedures course from Brooks Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

He started his cable TV career with partner Jim Harper at San Juan Cable. His job was to fly various parts to different job locations throughout the States. After several years with the company, Doug continued on to Community Cable, in Las Vegas, Nev., which was owned by Jack Kent Cook, owner of the NFL Football team the Washington Redskins, which coincidentally happened to be Doug’s favorite team. In 1986, he returned to Albuquerque and continued his cable television career with Jones Inter-cable, which merged with Comcast Cable, and was employed there until his retirement in January 2008.

Cremation has taken place. To leave a condolence, see www.danielsfuneral.com, or send to Daniels Family Funeral Services, 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

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