Gun range named after deputy who trained colleagues to shoot

EVERETT — It seemed a befitting tribute. After all, Deputy Stewart “Chip” Payne helped design the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office firearms training center.

He cared for it as if it were his second home, County Councilman Ken Klein said.

It is where Payne trained his colleagues, year after year.

Payne, 57, died in January due to a medical problem. On sunny Wednesday afternoon, his fellow officers gathered for a brief ceremony to honor him by naming the gun range off Cathcart Way near Highway 9 in his memory.

Sheriff Ty Trenary said his office was flooded with requests to name the training center after Payne.

“It couldn’t be more appropriate,” the sheriff said.

Trenary imagined Payne beaming with pride but perhaps a little embarrassed by the attention.

Sheriff’s Major Tony Aston knew Payne for 30 years.

“Everybody loved Chip,” Aston said after the ceremony. “You couldn’t find anybody who would say a bad word about that guy.”

He also remembered him as an effective firearms instructor.

“He had a way about him that was so nurturing,” Aston said.

After graduating from Meadowdale High School and serving a stint in the U.S. Army, Payne landed a position with the sheriff’s office. During that time, he became an expert on firearms and was an emergency vehicle driver-training instructor.

Besides law enforcement officers, he trained college students, Explorer Scouts and other sheriff’s employees on gun safety.

Payne had a knack for putting people at ease and helping them improve, even if they were having a bad day at the range, Trenary said.

Payne had long dreamed of the day the range would get a new home, the sheriff said.

That happened five years ago.

And, as of Wednesday, it’s called the Chip Payne Training Center.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

District takes steps to secure school campuses

Safety measures have been enhanced at Hawthorne and Silver Firs elementary schools in Everett.

Hard work is paying off for Mariner High senior

Mey Ly has excelled in school since moving here from Cambodia; she also serves as an intrepreter.

County under flood watch; back-to-back storms promise heavy rain

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Monday for… Continue reading

1 arrested after SWAT team moves in on Marysville house

The incident was connected to an earlier robbery.

Yes to turn signal — eventually

Adding a right-turn signal at 112th St. and 7th Ave. is turning out to be a bit more complicated.

A federal court considers Everett’s bikini-barista case

Does the city’s dress code suppress free speech — or deter crime? A judge asked tough questions of both sides.

Is the state Transportation Commission irrelevant?

A report says the citizen panel often is ignored, and its duties overlap with the Transportation Department.

No easy exit from Smokey Point shopping complex

There’s just no easy exit on this one. A reader called in… Continue reading

Most Read