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James Payson (White)

Services have been held for James “Jim” Payson (White), formerly of Nevada City. Mr. Payson passed away March 10 in Spokane, Wash., due to lung cancer. He was 65.

Mr. Payson was born July 24, 1941, to Herbert C. White and Kathrine Richardson Payson, in Greenfield, Mass.

Mr. Payson loved and was superb at fixing everything broken. He was an awesome gardener and loved cooking for people and eating delicious food.



Mr. Payson will be remembered as a man who shared what little he had. If he had a crumb, he would split it in two and give you half. He didn’t think, “oh, I have nothing to share.” If someone needed help, he was there no matter what the cost to himself, always helping the underdog in his life, no matter who they were or the color of their skin.

Mr. Payson is survived by his wife, Signe Lorentzen; children Danielle White, Brian White, Heidi Gilmore, Joseph Gilmore, Janeiro Bento and Vince Nguyen, Malia Bento and Nick Lewis, Jason Smith, Frank and Rolynne Fulton, Will and Mary Fulton, Jesse Ferguson and Vanessa Matei Rodriguez, and Ezra and Elisha Ferguson; brother, Stanley White; aunt, Nellie White; and sisters-in-law Inge Lorentzen and Tove Lorentzen; grandchildren Naomi, Aaron, Winter Rose, Oliver, Lilly-Rae, Aidan, Cosimo, Anika, Karita, Milo, Isaac, Angelina, Mallory and Niles. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.





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