William “Bill” Raymond Mason, age 77, passed away Friday, September 27, 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born on January 21, 1942 to Raymond Egbert Mason and Mary Louise Glimer in Shreveport, Louisiana. He grew up in Shreveport until age 11 when his family moved to Longview, Texas. Bill went to school in Texas and graduated from high school in Longview. He went on to complete a degree Engineering from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Bill also served in the United States Air Force, Vietnam stationed in Libya. He spent 30 years working for Hewlett Packard in Colorado. He loved his job at HP and held his company in high esteem. Bill attended many Bible studies over the years and had a great knowledge of the Bible. He believed very strongly in his faith and wore it daily. Bill was a proud member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Salida, Colorado. His spiritual life and his church were very important to him.
He was definitely an adventurous man. Bill enjoyed things like skydiving, skiing, boating and walking on the beach. In his youth he loved to play baseball. Bill will always be remembered as an avid bridge player.
Bill will also be remembered as a kind man, who loved the outdoors and the beautiful mountains that were surrounding his home. He loved his family and dog Cooper.
Fall in Colorado was always a special time for Bill. He loved to go on Aspen viewing trips around the mountains. It’s no wonder his passing took place during the great changing of the seasons.
He had Parkinson’s disease for 29 years and never complained. A favorite pastime was cycling and he continued to ride bicycles for many years after his diagnosis. Before he entered the care facility he still could ride his recumbent bike.
He is preceded by his father Raymond Mason and mother Mary Mason Gray.
Bill is survived his spouse Dianne Buena Vista, Colorado; two sons Regan and his wife Jennifer of Texas and Gregory Mason and his wife Glenda of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; three grandsons Austin Mason of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Cole Mason of Texas and Liev Mason of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; step-children Randy, Steve, Susan, and Robyn Rissman; three step-grandchildren Lucy, Jack and Carter; brothers Robert Mason of Gladewater, Texas and Ken Mason of Plano, Texas; sisters, Jan Vanderpool and husband Don of Dallas, Texas and Debbie Gilmore and husband Gary of Dallas, Texas, step-father Eddie Gray (age 101) of Dallas, Texas; son’s mother Delores Mason; and other family and friends.
The family would like to extend a warm Thank You for all his caregivers at Morning Star. We are so grateful for their loving care. Bill had DBS surgery in 2003 which gave him a renewed quality of life with Parkinson’s. Thank You both Dr. Grabert and Dr. Ojemann! If any donations are placed in Bills name please send them to either the Parkinson’s Foundation, www.parkinson.org or St. Joseph Catholic Church Salida, Colorado, 320 E 5th Street, Salida, Colorado 81201.
There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 10:30am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 320 E 5th Street, Salida, Colorado, 81201.