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Donald Mason, 81, passed away on June 13, 2015 in Redding, CA. He was born in Oakland, CA in 1934. Don grew up in Richmond and Santa Rosa, CA and graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1953. After high school he attended Shasta Junior College in Redding, CA and received a Degree in Art.

In 1957 he was drafted into the US Army until 1959. After his military duty, Don worked for PG&E retiring from the Colgate Division after 38 years of service in Customer Service and Revenue Protection in the Colusa, Marysville and Oroville offices. He spent the past four years as the President of the North Valley PG&E Retirees.

Don married his high school sweetheart Joan Lynette Norris in 1957 in Santa Rosa, CA. They were happily married for 58 years and lived 40 of those years in Colusa, CA before returning to Red Bluff, CA in 2001. Don (aka Iron Kettle) was a member of the Brushy Creek Rangers, Yollo Bolly Frontiersmen, Stony Creek Muzzleloaders and an Honorary Member of the Jedediah Smith Mountain Men Club.

During the 1970s, he was active in the Colusa Stagehand's Theater Group as a set designer, served on the board of the Colusa Farm Show and volunteered for many years. Don was an assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America. Don was a master in Dutch oven cooking, demonstrations and competitions. He spent countless hours researching Genealogy and his family tree. He enjoyed hunting, making primitive wooden boxes and especially enjoyed Black Powder Rendezvouses.

Don is survived by his wife Joan Mason; his daughters Lynette Gutnik (George) of Woodland, CA and Sherri Kittle (Joe) of Red Bluff, CA; his brother William Mason (Cathy) of Murphys, CA; his five loving grandchildren Brad Gutnik (Maggie), Lindsay Mitchell (Matthew), Wade Kittle, Riley Kittle and Zane Kittle; his great-grandchild Gavin Nicholas Mitchell and many other relatives.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Lew and Evelyn Mason and brother Richard Mason.

A private military service and Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Don Mason "Iron Kettle" Memorial Scholarship Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, Red Bluff, CA

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Published in Appeal Democrat on June 18, 2015
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