77, avid runner, skydiver, skier and boater.
William Raymond “Bill” Mason of Buena Vista passed away Sept. 27, 2019 in Colorado Springs.
Bill was born in Shreveport, La., on Jan. 21, 1942, to Raymond Mason and Mary Louise Gilmore. He lived in Shreveport until age 11, when the family moved to Longview, Texas.
Bill got his degree in engineering from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and went on to work as an electrical engineer for Hewlett Packard for 30 years, which was a source of great pride to him.
He also served as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, stationed in Libya.
Bill loved to spend time outdoors and was an avid runner, skydiver, skier and boater in his younger days. He especially loved to cycle, and continued to ride bike, even years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1990.
He was a skilled bridge player. He was a soft-spoken and kind man who loved the natural beauty of the Colorado mountains, especially during autumn, when he and his wife Dianne used to love to “chase aspens.”
Bill is survived by his wife Dianne of Buena Vista, and his sons Reagan (Jennifer) Mason of Scroggins, Texas, and Gregory (Glenda) Mason of Highlands Ranch; grandchildren Austin Mason of Colorado Springs, Cole Mason of Scroggins and Liev Mason of Highlands Ranch; step-children Randy, Steve, Susan and Robyn Rissman; stepgrandchildren Lucy, Jack and Carter Rissman; siblings Bob Mason, Ken Mason, Jan (Don) Vanderpool and Debbie (Gary) Gilmore; his stepfather Eddie Gray (age 101) and Delores Mason (mother of his sons).
Bill was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salida, where his funeral service will be held on Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Buena Vista.
Contributions in his honor may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation and the Organ Fund of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.