Ronald Lee MASON Sr. (04/15/1931 - 04/12/2014)

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MASON, Ronald Lee, Sr. (Age 82) Passed away at his Spokane Valley home on April 12, 2014. The son of Ernest Lavere Mason and Madeline Lucile Traxler Mason, Ron was born April 15, 1931 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He spent his growing up years in Calgary, Okotoks and Pincher Creek, Alberta and graduated from high school in Penticton, B.C. in 1950. The Mason family relocated to Boise, Idaho and Ron joined the U.S. Navy where he served for four years including time aboard the USS Valley Forge aircraft carrier during the Korean War. He attended the University of Idaho where he graduated with a B.S. in Business in 1959. On December 22, 1956, Ron married Betty Nelson Caufield in Boise, Idaho. Betty's two children, Vicki Ann and Robert Gregory Caufield, made for an instant family and they were followed by Ronald Lee Mason, Jr. in 1957, twins, Reginald Ray and Richard Ernest (stillborn) in 1958. The family lived in Moscow, Idaho; Yakima, Washington; Beaverton, Oregon; and settled in the Spokane Valley in 1967. Ron enjoyed a successful career in sales and retired after 21 years as a manufacturer's rep for Jacobs Manufacturing Company. After retiring, he was a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Spokane and Yuma, AZ; the Yuma Food Bank and as a van driver for the Veteran's hospital in Spokane and Yuma. Among his friends and family, Ron was known as a great soup maker, meat cooker and was very good at planning and preparing meals for large groups. The open road forever beckoned Ron with new vistas and he was proud to say he had visited all 50 states. He was a member of the Antique Truck Society and he and Betty enjoyed traveling to ATS events across the country. For about a decade they wintered in Yuma, AZ. Ron was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dennis, and his son, Robb. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; their daughter, Vicki, and her husband, Robert Johnson, of Bellevue; daughter-in-law, Linda Caufield, of Boise, Idaho; sons, Ron Jr. and his wife, Sherry, of Spokane and Reggie and his wife, Selma, of Belton, Texas; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. His son, grandson and great-grandson are named after him. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at the LDS Evergreen Chapel, 14111 E. 16th, just east of Evergreen Road, Spokane Valley, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ron's name to the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/perpetualeducationfund.

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 16, 2014
Ronald Lee Mason
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