I was very saddened to hear the news of Jeff Layten’s death yesterday. Jeff operated the Upland Fields Hunt Club in Tekamah, NE. I have been bringing groups of guys from Christ Community to the club for pheasant hunts and sporting clay shoots over the last five years. Jeff had this unique ability to make you feel like a million bucks whether you made the shot or not. Hunting with him was always a memorable experience and lots of fun. I’ll never forget my first hunt with Jeff. I brought a friend and his son from warm Texas for a January hunt. We woke up to a howling wind that ushered in a twenty degree below zero wind chill factor. Jeff’s humor and expertise got 18 guys through a great day of hunting and target shooting.
Jeff was a great host and guide and was the reason I kept going back to Upland year after year. I had always hoped that our groups could reciprocate back to him through our words, actions and conversations around Jesus. The funeral will be at Christ Community Church on Monday, October 4 at 2 PM in the Sanctuary. Join with me in praying for his wife and two children.
It won’t be the same around here this hunting season, I’ll miss you Jeff.