Maynard Dean Jayne of Johnston, Iowa died on August 16, 2016. He was born the fourth child of Charles and Elva Jayne in Audubon County, Iowa on November 12, 1926 and enjoyed growing up on the family farm helping with the crops and livestock. Maynard graduated from Audubon High School in the spring of 1945. As it was typical of most able-bodied men of those days, he enlisted in the United States Army where he was assigned the duties of an infantryman in the European theater and advanced to the rank of Buck Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1947 and returned to Audubon where he began farming.
Maynard married Berdina “Dee” Marie Frederick of Exira, Iowa on February 20, 1949. They farmed in the Audubon area until moving to Adair, Iowa in 1954 where they continued raising crops and livestock. Three children were born of the marriage, Steve, Debbie and Jeff. Maynard changed career paths in 1968 and joined Pioneer Beef Cattle. He managed the ranch near Rhodes, Iowa until 1974 and was then sales manager for western Iowa, Missouri, and northern Kansas until Pioneer discontinued its beef cattle operation. Maynard joined the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) in 1977 and served as a field man for the northern half of Iowa until 1986. He then served as the director of legislative affairs for the ICA which included being the chief lobbyist for the ICA in the Iowa state legislature and its liaison to the congressional delegation until his retirement in 2006. It was during this tenure that he crafted a plethora of legislation designed to protect the interests of Iowa’s cattle producers. Maynard was inducted into the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
Maynard is survived by his wife, Dee and his children, Steve (Karen Shaff), Debbie and Jeff (Susan). Maynard’s memorial services will be held 1:00 o’clock, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa with a visitation beginning one hour prior at 12:00 o’clock. An inurnment will occur at 2:00 o’clock on August 29, 2016 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Adel, Iowa. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to: Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation, 2055 Ironwood Court, Ames, Iowa 50014, to fund a scholarship in memory of Maynard. Online condolences may be expressed at www.iowafuneralplanning.com