Bret Mason
1960 - 2021
BORN
1960
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Baker Funeral Home - Wichita
6100 E Central Ave
Wichita, KS
Bret Mason
April 8, 1960 - September 27, 2021
Derby, Kansas - On Monday, September 27, 2021, Bret Alan Mason, loving son, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 61 in Derby, Kansas.
Bret was born on April 8, 1960 in Wichita, KS, where he spent his childhood and adolescent years until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980. Of his time in the Navy, Bret said he loved being on the water, breathing the fresh ocean air, and traveling the world with his comrades, who said he knew how to make a tough day better thanks to his sense of humor and contagious laughter. Bret was a true American patriot who loved his country and served it honorably.
Bret is preceded in death by his grandparents William Mason Sr., Jewel Mason and Helen Brungardt, his father William Mason Jr. and his stepmother Judy Mason. He is survived by his mother Emily Denton and stepfather Ray Denton, his wife Julie Mason, his children Evan Mason, Christina Ward, and Dana Jenkins, his stepchildren Courtney Tompkins, Kyle Tompkins, and Colby Tompkins, and his nine grandchildren Anthony, Cayden, Lucas, Landon, Grayson, Emilia, Emily, Kaylin, and Nash. Bret is also survived by his sister Debbie Gooding, his stepsisters Peggy Ramos, Patty Farbaugh, Kathy Bourell, Lucinda Piligian, Julie Mederos, and Kelly Pankratz, and his stepbrother Kevin Meyer..
After leaving the Navy in 1988, Bret started a small business which led him to work in many industries over the years, but he found his true calling at the age of 52 when he went back to school to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner and later opened his own practice in Roseville, CA. In a few short years, he impacted the lives of many clients, friends, and family who remember Bret as a compassionate and thoughtful person who treasured serving others with his kind and generous spirit.
Bret's loved ones knew him as a man who enjoyed gardening, spending time in nature, and growing food and sharing it with others. Bret's grandchildren brought him countless moments of joy over the years and he loved their sweet, inquisitive nature. Family members often referred to Bret as "MacGyver," a nod to the tale of a young war hero who had a knack for unconventional problem solving. Bret was quick on his feet, good with his hands, and great at finding ways to improve the world around him, often using whatever supplies were within reach. Bret's memory will live on through the many lives he touched and changed, and through his love for life itself.
Before his untimely passing, Bret and Julie were able to fulfill their dream and purchase a farm in his home state of Kansas, where his children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy his legacy for years to come.

Published by Wichita Eagle on Oct. 14, 2021.
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Jessica Sinclair
October 19, 2021
West, East, SE, XOC & Lisa
October 19, 2021
Fair winds and following seas sailor. "Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..." Thank you Bret for your service to this nation. U.S. Navy.
Harry Simpson
Other
October 14, 2021
Oh Emily....I am so sorry to read this. You, Ray and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Michelle & Doug
Michelle Ballard
October 14, 2021
I hope you are flying high uncle Bret. Im going to miss you- Love you- Prayers for all the family
Krysta Doffing
Family
October 14, 2021
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