Mason, as seen through the eyes of his family
From Mason’s brother, Tohner
Mason was special. Anyone who had ever had a conversation longer than 30 seconds with him would know that he was brilliant, opinionated, kind-hearted, persuasive, engaging, caring, honest, and most definitely interesting. Those who really knew him, though, found him to be all that and so much more. Mason was a deeply passionate, loving, and sensitive man, and even though he often kept it hidden and out of sight, it was not so deeply hidden that his loved ones weren’t well aware of its existence.
The thing that came to my mind shortly after he passed, was something that happened last Christmas when my wife, Brandy, and I were expecting the birth of our baby boy, Rowan. As you might expect, we were already receiving many gifts for him from the family. One gift that stuck out in my mind and will always be hidden away like a treasure in my memories, to be taken out and shared with our son when the time comes, was a book given by my Mom, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The real gift came when my brother read it aloud to the whole family, but mostly it was targeted to the one who had not yet arrived. As he read it, you could tell that this was a story that he knew almost by heart. You see, this was out of character for my brother, a man who was not known for sentimental, public displays of affection. As we all sat by the Christmas tree, with all the wonderful gifts surrounding us, he read that story as only a soon-to-be-proud uncle could read it. As he read, I think I saw him more clearly than I had ever seen him before. It was truly beautiful. He was truly beautiful.
There are many things that must be left unsaid, and even more things left undone when it comes to my brother’s life. I will carry him with me always in my memories, to be loved and watched over as only a brother can.
From Mason’s sister, Crystal
Mason took his time entering this world but left it far too soon. With his departure, we lost a brilliant brain, a warm heart, a quick wit and a steadfast friend. He was a dynamic person, and he touched each of us in different ways. In addition to always making me laugh, Mason challenged me. Things that I thought I understood, he made me see from a totally different perspective. And though I would never admit it to him, he was almost always right. Mason never let people take themselves too seriously, and he knew how to appreciate and enjoy life. He wasn’t afraid to enter uncharted territory and try something new, even though he was a person who liked to over-analyze everything. He often joked about how things would be different when he ruled the world, and I always kind of believed – and even hoped – that might happen some day. Mason was a defender of ideals, a defier of convention, a supportive friend, and a loving and loved member of our family. This life will never be the same without him.
From Mason’s dad, Steve
Mason was a company man. Ask any of his co-workers from his 12 years with AT&T. He was driven and loyal and brave. He gave 100% of his energy and intellect.
Mason was a family man. Ask his Mom, Dad, and siblings. He was loving and caring and energetic in being the best son, brother, and uncle he could be.
Mason was a renaissance man. Ask his friends. He made short movies, built furniture, brewed beer, cured meat, built gravity-powered water features, and loved to travel. He was a writer who was eager to share his broad knowledge and his well-considered opinions. He was a serious lover of bacon.
Mason enhanced the lives of everyone who knew him. He was a man of passion and integrity, and the lives of all who knew him are diminished by his passing.
Deepak Chopra says it well, that “human beings are made of body, mind, and spirit. Of these spirit is primary, for it connects us to the source of everything, the eternal field of consciousness. …Essentially we are spiritual beings who have taken manifestation in physical form. …We’re not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences; we’re spiritual beings who have occasional human experiences. …Our essential nature is one of pure potentiality.”
Mason was a living manifestation of this. From Mason’s perspective all things were possible and not only that, but he could tell you how to get it done. We will just have to muddle through without him.