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Visitation and Funeral Services for Former Manchester Police Officer Announced

Darrin "Mark" Payne, son of township's first police chief, found dead on July 16

Services have been announced for Darrin "Mark" Payne, a former Police Department officer and the son of the township's first police chief. 

Visitation for Payne, 49, will be held on Monday, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 115 Lacey Road in Whiting, according to an online obituary. A funeral service will be held at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 143 John St. in Lakewood, on Tuesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. 

Payne worked as a police officer in Manchester from the mid-1980s through 2000 and was the youngest son of the department's first chief of police, Harold Payne. The elder Payne, also Manchester's first full-time officer, was appointed to lead the force after a full-time police department was created through a township ordinance in January 1965.

Harold Payne retired from the department in 1995 and died in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Hattie.

"All the guys who worked with Mark are saddened by the news," said Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski the day of Payne's death, adding that many of the officers who worked with Payne have since left the department.

Detectives from Manchester and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office are investigating Payne's death. An autopsy and toxicology test were planned to determine the cause of death, according to Klimakowski. 

Retired Manchester lieutenant and former collegue Mike Lychock described Payne, a 1981 Manchester Township High School graduate, as a man who "genuinely cared about the people in town."

Many Manchester Patch readers, including a man who identified himself as one of Payne's former teachers, . 

"The Payne family always represented the finest group of people in the township," Stephen Cross writes. "Every member of that remarkable family became deeply involved in community activities. This will be a sad burden for them to carry."

constance gill July 21, 2012 at 01:12 AM
heart is hurt and I'm praying for all family and friend's.I will miss him deeply
barbara July 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Did not know him, but so sad. Thank you for your service. RIP and sympathies to family and friends.
EVELYN PAULA WATTS July 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM
VERY SADDENED TO HEAR ABOUT THE PASSING OF YOUNG MARK PAYNE:. MAY GOD EVER GIVE THE FAMILY THE STRENGTH AND THE ENDURANCE TO BARE THE PASSING OF OF YOUR SON, YOUR BROTHER AND MANY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. EVELYN WATTS
Momere July 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Along with many others I would like to add my prayers for Mrs. Payne, Mark's children and siblings. Through your unbearable grief may you know there are so many people praying for you. I'm sure Mark is caughting up with his Dad and giving updates :). Although he was with you for what seems a short time, may you hold your memories of him forever in your hearts. In your sad times recall his laughter, funny stories, love he gave you and thank God for allowing him to be a part of your lives. Much love and continued peayers to you all! Sharon James Richardson. Toms River, NJ

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