L. Wayne Workman, 87, passed away peacefully Monday, April 26, 2021 at his home in Lindon, Utah with family by his side. We celebrate his reunion with our mother, Rita, who passed away almost one year ago.
Wayne was born Nov. 14, 1933 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to Thomas L. and Mary E. Workman. He was the youngest of 10 children. In 1937 they left Canada and settled in Woodburn, Ore. Here, Wayne met his sweetheart Rita Sabin. After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, they married in 1955 and enjoyed their 65 years together.
Wayne went to automotive technician school in Eugene. They settled in Cottage Grove where Wayne worked as service manager at the Ford Garage for 13 years. In 1971, he became an automotive technology instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene.
Wayne and Rita owned and operated an adult foster home for veterans and built a rental business with friends, LeRit Investments. Wayne had a passion for helping people live a better life. He found many opportunities to do this as a husband, father, mentor, employer and friend. He actively served in many responsibilities as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The family lived in Cottage Grove for nearly 50 years, in Albany for 11 years and then moved to Utah in 2015.
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Lorraine, his youngest son, Mitchell Kent, and his nine siblings and their spouses. He is survived by four children, Mary Ellen (Blair) Kent, Deedra Lynn (David) Hansen, Thomas Dean (Penny) Workman and Jerry Dale (Caroline) Workman. He is loved and remembered fondly by 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held on May 15 at The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Albany.