The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

Gordon & Sharon Payne


August 3, 2022

Gordon and Sharon (Neidt) Payne, longtime residents of Whitehall will be laid to rest in the Payne family plot of the Whitehall Cemetery on August 6th around 10:30 in the morning. Gordon passed away in November 2019, and Sharon followed in December of 2020.

Gordon, an Aeronautical Engineer had a long career with NASA, actually starting at Edwards AFB before NASA had even begun. He went on to become the head engineer on the SR-71 Blackbird, X-29A, and lifting body programs. Sharon, originally from Wisdom, MT, raised both their children in nearby Tehachapi.

Gordon and Sharon moved back...

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