Terrence Cloud Mason
1955 - 2020
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MASON, Terrence Cloud Terrence Cloud Mason died at home in Austin on November 12, 2020, after a long struggle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in Pasadena, Texas, in 1955 to the late Thomas Wilburn and Betty Jo Mason, the second of three sons. Cloud loved photography, fast motorcycles, music, and travel, along with his favorite place on earth, Big Bend. He earned a computer science degree from The University of Texas at Austin and worked in high tech in Austin for many years, retiring from UT where he was respected for his expertise in IT support of the McDonald Observatory group. He is survived by his beloved son Elliot Cole Mason; brothers Tom (wife Janis) and Ted (wife Vicki); and ex-wife Joni Mason. He also leaves behind a host of good friends and thousands of striking photographs. A more detailed obituary is available online at tributes.com/CloudMason. A virtual memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 15, 2020.
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November 21, 2020
Life can sometimes be summed up as a combination of Work, Play, Love... and of course eventually Death. I met Cloud on the job at *work*, where many of us form the bonds that shape our lives. Friendship is often best when it's easy and so it was that I had an immediate level of comfort with this unique character from TX named after a meteorological phenomenon. Looking back on those days with Cloud, I used to *love* punching the clock because the hard *work* often felt like *play*. Life/time sails by smoothly when you're having fun and together we had a lot of it. As a more seasoned & perhaps better man, he was both kind and clever enough to support me in the way that i needed at any given time. Early on, I remember him coming to see my band when we thought we were going to conquer the world. Much later he outright told me that I was special. Matters of the heart still matter! We kept in touch over the years and the physical miles that came between us. Partly because as adults, we shared a common childlike wonder and interest in the world spinning literally beneath our feet and more metaphorically around us. In all that time, I never heard him use foul language which proved my "literary" and habitual penchant for it was unnecessary. Through the decades, I don't think I ever heard him say a truly mean thing about anybody period. As the physical ailments mounted, I was floored by the positivity he displayed in facing these challenges. But then I realized that I'd only just always known him to be super positive. He'd faced other life challenges with a similar grace, dignity and optimism. A long time ago, Cloud once gave me a compliment and reminded me that it's a lot simpler to say thank you then fight it. So wherever you are my friend, I congratulate you for being a master at the small things in life that matter most. You're most welcome. Looking forward to you stopping by from time to time so I can hear your easy-going Texan drawl and laugh.
Bobby D
Friend
November 20, 2020
I met Terry, (I never got used to calling him Cloud), in the third grade and we became the best of friends in a bond that endured 57 years. We grew up together and stayed close to but generally out of trouble in the 60's, which wasn't easy. We shared some remarkable times. Smart, funny, personable and spiritual are all words that describe him, but he was so much more. He radiated a balance and acceptance that was amazing and inspiring. He is deeply missed. My heart goes out to his family and to Joanie, who took such good care of him.
Ned Cadwell
Friend
November 19, 2020
I didn't know Cloud for very long, but I'm glad I got to meet him. He was a kind, intelligent, interesting person, with many fascinating stories to tell.
Christopher Jones
Friend
November 18, 2020
Cloud and I bonded over a mutual love of photography, adventure travel and cinema. We started as friends and became brothers, compadres, co-conspirators and partners in crime for more than four decades. We hiked in Yosemite, explored Vancouver Island, and in fulfillment of one of his dreams, a journey to Peru that culminated in a trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. He faced death with the same grace and sense of humor that characterized his life, eyes wide open and unafraid.
Jim Moore
Friend
November 17, 2020
Cloud and I hit it off the first time we met when he came to see me about renting a room. We started talking and kept it up through dinner at the Little Deli, a local eatery. Thus began a friendship that we both enjoyed very much and for which I will re
Cloud and I hit it off the first time we met when he came to see me about renting a room. We started talking and kept it up through dinner at the Little Deli, a local eatery. Thus began a friendship that we both enjoyed very much and for which I will remain grateful. I want to add a big appreciation for his personal angel, Joni, who was close at his side for the last year and a half, providing the care that he needed as his condition slowly worsened. I was always impressed with the number of family and friends with whom Cloud kept in close contact. I do hope that if you would like to attend the virtual memorial service we plan to have, you will make sure we have your email or some way of letting you know the details once we have them organized.
Rebecca di Luce
Friend
November 17, 2020
Cloud Mason was one of the finest human beings I will ever know.
He was my first love and my first true friend. I was gifted his association for 56 years.
Anyone who met him I consider lucky. I will greatly miss his humor, his intelligence, his beautiful photography, his even mindedness, his love for family, his appreciation for every moment
My condolences to his friends and family left behind. He is Home, he has arrived.
Karen Gould
Friend
November 16, 2020
Very sorry to see this. I hadn't seen Cloud in many years, but enjoyed knowing him when our kids were young. He had a great spirit.
Roy Kleinsasser
November 15, 2020
What a vibrant spirit traveling the cosmos now
Martha Dickie
Friend
November 15, 2020
While I had lost contact with Cloud over the years, I have always valued his warmth and friendship from the '70s & '80s, and am still blessed to have his brother Tom as a friend and neighbor. John Pike
John Pike
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