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Courtesy photo[/caption] Russell Layton, a life-long resident of Winters, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Russell was 64 years-old. Russell was born at Woodland Memorial Hospital on March 17, 1955. He graduated from Winters High School in 1973 and worked as a journeyman carpenter for almost 40 years. There wasn’t a thing that Russell didn’t know how to build. He was an expert at his job and was known to spend time each morning carefully studying the plans only one time and then being able to work the rest of the day without having to go back for a second look. Russell also had a love of plants and wildlife, and could name any plant or tree a person would point out to him. In his last few years friends could find him on his couch watching westerns with his beloved dog, Dollar Bill, unless he was out riding one of his many Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Betty Francis and Jack Layton, and his beautiful wife, who was the love of his life for over 30 years, Cindy Lou (Echols) Layton. He is survived by his brothers, Lonnie and Tracy Melvin Layton, his daughter Melissa Meredith, her husband Bruce, and grandson Trent; his daughter Sarah Layton and her fiancé Tyler Butts; and his son Rusty Layton, daughter-in-law Jessica, and granddaughter Lucy. Russell was a great family man and was known for his gentle and caring spirit and laid-back personality. Russell was a man of many talents and in his younger days before years of carpentry work injured his hands, he was known to be a gifted musician on the mandolin. Russell also coached Little League in Winters for many years. To know Russell was to love him and his charming personality will be missed by so many. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell Street in Winters, immediately followed by a potluck luncheon at the Harrison Ranch, 8929 Boyce Rd, also in Winters.]]>

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