After a long and wonderful life, Robert John Mason entered “The Church Triumphant” on 12/13/20 at his home in Woodland Park. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Margy, his sons James Reed and Chad Andrew and daughters Amy Binkowski and Katherine Young. Grandchildren Charles, Karah, Viktoria, Kaila, Lacy, Rylan, Tanner, Chase and Vivian and a great grandson Liam. He was preceded in death by his younger brother Jack and nephew John Alex.
Bob was born August 6, 1933 in Arcadia, KN. He attended Cheyenne Mountain High School. During his high school years he danced with the Llyod Shaw dance team, exercised Arabian horses in the Polo Field and spent his free time riding horses on Cheyenne Mountain. He received a degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado College, and went on to work on the construction of the Air Force Academy, at Jet Propulsion Lab and Ideal Cement Company.
In 1960 received a Doctor of Laws degree from Denver University. Bob specialized in corporate and real estate law and was in house counsel for Craddock Development Company and Western Sportsman Magazine. He also did pro bono work for seniors, young families, and rancher/farmers who needed help. Friends and colleagues say that he was a great listener, mediator and one of the kindest men they have ever known.
While he ran his own successful law practice, he never missed a single child’s game, practice, event, or forgot what is really important in life. He could be found on Sunday mornings conducting children’s chapel or serving on the vestry of his Episcopal church. He served on the boards of Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, Workout Limited, American Arbitration Association, Manitou Springs Historical Society, and was president of Pikes Peak Amateur Hockey Association.
Katherine, his daughter said, “If you had the honor of knowing my dad, you loved him. He possessed a quiet confidence and kindness that could softly influence anything around him. He loved everything about the old west, from the music, horses and adventure to the movies and ‘cowboy code’ that governed his life. His amazing stories, passion for living, silly smile, infinite wisdom and thoughtful heart are something to emulate.”
His son Chad wrote, “He was a legendary cowboy, the last honest law man. Barter and trade, with a hand shake and look in the eye. Dad always said, “If your want something done right, do it yourself.”
His eldest son Reed wrote, “though I did not see the sunshine today, I felt the wind and ‘Duende” of my father, which is something we all know and feel and yet no poet, scientist or philosopher can write about it. It comes seldom to most lives, it comes from the earth, through the soles of the feet, through the heart, it can tear you up or make you shine most high. That was the life he lived. He said, “It doesn’t matter what you do in life, as long as you learn something from it.”
His story was a good one. He was a legend, as his daughter Amy called him, whose influence will last for generations. We will have a celebration of his life for his family and friends this summer 2021.
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