Raymond Duane Mason

November 8, 1925April 9, 2014
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Ray Mason was born in Boulder, CO on November 8, 1925 to Mabel Allen and Charles Mason. He was the youngest of eleven children. After spending most of his youth in Boulder, he moved to Wiggins where he went to high school and became a “cowboy for life”. At age 19 he met the love of his life, Melva Abernathy, and married her 6 months later. They spent the next 68 years together. Ray loved being a cowboy, but always wanted a career as a police officer. Much to his delight, at age 35, he was offered a position with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Dept. and spent the next 29 years serving his community as an officer. He was a member of the original Board of Directors for The Boulder Valley Little Britches Rodeo. He was also a lifelong member of the Boulder Elks Club. Ray was devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, and all-around great guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He was bluntly honest, and famous for his chili, his huge, huge heart, and his many “tears” of love. Mr. Mason is survived by his wife, Melva, his two devoted son, Rick (Debbie) and John, and their children Tina (Steve) Payne, Wendy (Courtney) Parker, Kelly (Steve) Davis, and Michelle (Shannon) Russum. He is also survived by great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout Boulder County. He was the most patient, selfless, warm, sympathetic, and loving man around. Ray will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. We love you and will miss you! Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Pl., Boulder, CO 80301. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Park. To leave condolences please visit


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Clarence & Phyllis Wellbrock

April 17, 2014

We knew Ray since 1962. The nicest person that we ever knew. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

April 15, 2014

Melva, John and Family, I was very sorry to hear abt Ray. He was a wonderful person, and we have Many Good memories with Him.
You are in my Prayers.
God be with you , and comfort you at this sad time.
Diane Morrell

Peggy Hess-Sturgis

April 15, 2014

Melva and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Ray. I have great memories of him and was so blessed to have lived next to you as a youth. GOD Bless

Nancy Jo Wurl

April 15, 2014

Melva and family: I am so sorry that I was just now (6:45 P.M.) made aware of Ray's passing. He was a great friend during my years with the Boulder County Clerk and a true and loyal supporter of the youth and general public for his whole life. He will be carried in all of our hearts. Nancy Jo Wurl

April 14, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. The family of the late John Abernathy.

April 14, 2014

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time of loss.
Dan and Sharon Eliasen

Lisa Marshall

April 13, 2014

Ray was the best neighbor ever! He was always at the ready to lend a helping hand, loan me tools or help with my yard.
He was a wonderful man and the best neighbor ever. I will miss seeing you out on your riding mower this summer!

Rick Steiniger

April 12, 2014

Ray, We are going to miss your smiling face and great sense of humor. You were a loyal Elk.

Richard & Sheila Quick

April 12, 2014

You were a great guy and wonderful friend. You will be sorely missed. We love you, Ray.

April 12, 2014

Truly, we will miss Uncle Ray. He had a kind and gentle soul. This family will miss the buckets of chili that he made for us. We hold dear the times he shared with us. Now we wait to see him in eternity. Much Love, Mike, Dana, Chris Gapter- Laramie Wyoming