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CARL BARTLEY MASON Carl Bartley Mason, PhD. age 88, died peacefully February 21, 2013 at his home in Apple Valley surrounded by his family and friends. He was born to parents William and Lela (Cherry) Mason in Clovis, New Mexico, July 18, 1924. He was preceded in death by sister, Dorothy Brock, and son, Donald Sweetland. He leaves wife of 51 years, Priscilla, daughters Carla Mason, Patricia Robinson. Brother: Richard Mason and wife Joan, Nephews: David Mason, Stephen Brock, Richard Brock and wife Amy and nieces: Cathy Hoekendorf and husband Kurt, Susan Johnson and husband Eric. Grandchildren: Tiffany Guerra and husband Ruben, Justin Dykes and wife Amy. Great grandchildren: Kayla and Cayden Guerra, and grand-nephews and nieces: Kevin, Eric, Daniel, Stephen , David Hoekendorf, and Elizabeth, Benjamin, Matthew Johnson. When Carl was asked where he was born, he always said "I was conceived in Chicago, born in Clovis, New Mexico, 2 years old in Los Angeles, 3 years old in Salt Lake City, 4 years old in Denver, Colorado and 5 years old in Hutchinson Kansas." He was an Ensign in the Navy during WWII and stationed in Hawaii as a communication officer. After discharge he received a BA from Pepperdine University, and then founded two insurance agencies located in the San Fernando Valley. Years later, he sold them both and went back to college and received a PhD in history from the University of Southern California. After graduation he was asked to stay on at the university and worked in the development department under President Dr. John R. Hubbard as a liaison between the medical school and the donating public raising $11,000,000 for the Norris Cancer Center. While at USC he wrote a book entitled "Imperial Valley to the World" and then created the History Media Institute at the university which recorded present day audio and video historical leaders in California and Arizona. Also while at USC he founded and was president of Town and Gown America, a non-profit educational organization. He retired from USC and became the Curator and CEO of the Victor Valley Museum & Art Gallery until 2006. Carl will always be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father, with a love of life and country and was an inspiration to those fortunate to share his life and friendship. The family wants to thank Odyessy Hospice in Victorville for their compassionate loving care of Dr. Carl. Sunset Hills Memorial Service will be at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church 13878 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, 10:00a.m. Saturday March 9, 2013 with a refreshment reception following. In lieu of flowers please donate to Odyessy Hospice, (760)241-7044, 17290 Jasmine Street, Suite 103, Victorville, CA. Condolences to Sunset Hills memorial Park and Mortuary is handling the arrangements Updated service information and a on line guest book are available at
Published in the Daily Press on Feb. 27, 2013