Born Sunday, July 9, 1944
Died Sunday, May 24, 2020
Howard Jayne was born in Muskogee, OK on July 9, 1944. He passed away on May 24, 2020. Howard had a happy childhood, and he loved to tell stories about the fun he had playing in his neighborhood with his friends. His father, Fred, was an owner of a neighborhood grocery store on Jefferson Street in Muskogee. His mother worked at the home and cleaned houses on a part time basis.
Howard was 13 when hard times fell on the family. His dad had a serious heart attack and could no longer work. His mother worked cleaning houses, but very little income was possible. By the time Howard was 16, it was time for him to find work he could do after school. The job he got and enjoyed for many years was working at the Ritz Theater in Muskogee.
The Ritz Theater was owned by Procter & Marsh, and he met Lillian Procter on his first day of work. Lillian was just 12, but he immediately knew that she was the one for him. Lillian will tell you that she felt the same about Howard.
When Howard was 18 his father passed away. He was the sole supporter of his mother and his brother, Joe, who was 12 at the time. Therefore, he got two other part time jobs besides the one at the theaters. Keeping down three jobs and going to school was a challenge, but Howard never wavered on his responsibilities.
Finally, after a long courtship, Howard and Lillian were married on Sept. 1, 1969. In 1970, Howard and Lillian graduated from Northeastern University. Howard's intention was to teach in college & he earned an assistantship from Kansas University. Howard and Lillian moved to Lawrence, Kansas where he began his studies. However, after a short time, Howard decided that college teaching was not what he wanted. So, he and Lillian came back to Muskogee where he got a job teaching history and political science at Muskogee High School.
Howard taught at Muskogee High School for 20 years and then finished his last 6 years of teaching at Alice Robertson Middle School. He earned quite a reputation as an educator. His former high school students will remember fondly his "Jaynie Awards" that he gave them every year. The annual event for 17 years where the seniors stole "Johnny Podium" and held it for ransom and his mock trials are only a few of the experiences that many students remember about being in class with Mr. Jayne. Howard was recognized by many as an outstanding educator. In 1992, he was selected Muskogee "Teacher of the Year." Throughout his career, many civic groups in Muskogee recognized him and several articles featuring Howard were published in the Muskogee Phoenix.
Happily, Howard was able to enjoy a great 50th year wedding anniversary party with Lillian on September 1, 2019. Their children, son Andy and wife Jodi plus son Dan and wife Candace and four grandchildren; Evelyn, Ben, Carter, and Ivy surprised Howard and Lillian with a great party which Howard thoroughly enjoyed.
Howard was preceded in death by father, Fred Jayne, and mother, Nell Jayne.
Howard is survived by wife, Lillian; children and grandchildren mentioned above; brother, Joe Jayne; sister-in-law, Anne Morton and brother-in-law, Rob Morton.
Howard Jayne was a loving husband, a devoted father, a dedicated educator, and a most outstanding "Pappy" for his grandchildren.
Because of Covid 19, a memorial service celebrating Howard's life will be held at a later time.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York St, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.