October 29, 1952 – April 15, 2022
at the age of 69 years:
Celebration of Life: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 1pm – 2251 40 Street SE, Salmon Arm, BC
Layne’s life journey began on October 29, 1952 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan and ended much too soon, on “Not-So-Good-Friday” April 15, 2022. He was the second son of Maurice and Ida Letourneau, and a brother to Wayne. He was predeceased by his mother in 1990 and father in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Billie, son, Chris, daughter Lisa (Mike), and son Mike, grandchildren, Mackenzie, Grace and Gabe, brother Wayne (Eileen) niece Jane and nephew Todd.
You can take the boy from the farm, but you can’t take the farmer from the boy. Layne, literally never wanted to leave to the farm. That was evident, on the first day of school when he threw his lunch box down on the ground, to protest having to get on the bus. Even at the age of ten, when the family moved to BC, he had developed a desire to be a farmer. The ability to maintain/repair farm implements/equipment, is an essential element for a successful farming operation. Layne had that in “spades”. The list of his abilities in that regard was endless.
At an early age Layne also developed a love of cars, especially Dodge muscle cars. At the age of 19 one of his first cars was a 68′ Charger 440, with a Racer Brown cam and hooker headers. His next car was a 72′ Charger, 440-4 speed, he really loved this car and mentioned many times over the years he wished that he had never sold it. Then came a 70′ Challenger R/T, this was a pretty spectacular car with all the metal flake and pin stripping done on it. He showed this car at many car shows and won many trophies with it. In the off-season Layne also loved to race his Artic Cat 440 snowmobile. Friday nights after work he would load his snowmobile up, pick Billie up and off they’d go. Some of the places were; Kaslo, Nelson, Clearwater, Revelstoke, Prince George and Vernon. He won a few trophies along the way but for Layne, it was the speed that he loved the most.
In the early 70’s the Shuswap Quarter Milers car club was formed. Layne enjoyed helping out at all of the events, especially at the Shuswap Quarter Milers Incline Raceway, these races were held out in the industrial park, between 1979 to 1984. With his mechanical knowledge of cars, he built his own race car, it was a 68′ Dodge Dart with a 426 Hemi called the Adult Toy. Many nights after work and on the weekends, he would be working on his car with his oldest son Chris at his side learning the tricks of the trade. Anyone that knows Chris, now knows where he got his mechanical knowledge and passion for Dodge muscle cars. Many weekends he’d load up the car and we would be off to the races in Spokane with other members of the car club. Some weekends it was just the kids and we’d be off to the races. When the car club came to an end, Layne got to do the next thing on his bucket list and that was to be a farmer once again.
In 1998 he and Billie bought acreage and built a house to the same dimensions as the original Saskatchewan farmhouse. He also built a barn, hay/equipment shed and a fully equipped shop with a hoist on one side and wood working shop on the other. Of course, when you have a farm, you need a brand-new John Deere tractor to round out the farming experience. There they raised a garden, beef cattle and several donkey foals from their beloved Ellie Mae and Jake. Layne also loved his dogs, having several in his life, some of his favorites were Queen, Spot, Coco, Chester, Belle and Waylon. For him it wasn’t a home without a dog in it.
Layne was a person of strong likes. They included; Billie, she has to be in first place, his children and grandchildren, Dodge/Ram vehicles, bourbon, (when asked for his favorite brand; his stock reply was that he was still working on the list). He liked a cold beer (MGD) in the summer, farm raised beef, John Wayne and John Deere tractors.
Layne started his mechanical apprentice with Braby and Davidson Motors Ltd in 1972, he worked with them a few years and then left to try out a few different careers over the last 40 some years. His last job that he had, was a parts representative with Braby Motors, and he loved it, he truly came full circle. I’m sure he is up there riding his tractor or maybe in one of his many muscle cars, with his loving dogs at his side.
The family would like to thank Dr. Willms for the care and compassion she has shown Layne over these last few years and the Doctors and nurses at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital for their dedication to him. The family would also like to thank Vince Fischer for the care and thoughtfulness he has given to us at this time of sorrow.
Layne: a brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, you will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.