Layne received his teaching degree from Montana State University and began an over 30-year teaching career that took him and his family to Browning, Broadview, and finally Plains. He was recently honored with a 50-year Masonic membership pin, and his friendships with some of his fellow Masons and Shriners were amongst his most treasured. He and his family enjoyed camping and RV-ing, especially upon their retirement.
Layne had a lifelong passion for music and played numerous instruments, including the piano and guitar. He was just as comfortable playing and singing around the campfire as he was when Charlie Pride joined his band for a few songs when he was playing professionally.
Layne and Shirley always made an effort to be present at many of their children’s and grandchildren’s activities and special events. He cherished his family and friends, and the time spent with them. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; brother, Gary and his wife Janet; daughter, Valerie and her husband Jim; son, Steve and his wife Elaine; and his four grandchildren, Rachael, Nathan, Zac, and Bryan.
A ceremony to celebrate his life will be held at Mountain View Colonial DeWitt on Memorial Day, May 25, at 4 p.m. Interment will be at the Rockvale Cemetery in Joliet, Mont. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Plains School District #1, PO Box 549, Plains, MT 59859 for a scholarship to be established in his name.