December 7, 1932 – October 7, 2020
John Mason died peacefully October 7, 2020 at home with his family close by, after battling brain cancer for the past 9 months. He was born in San Jose, CA, the second child of John and Helen Mason. At the age of 12 John and his mother moved to Waitsburg, WA, a small farming town northeast of Walla Walla. He spoke fondly of his time there, with his experiences working on farms in the area, hunting, fishing and enjoying a rural upbringing. He played football, basketball, and trombone in high school.
After finishing high school in 1952, he enlisted with the Navy during the Korean Conflict. After doing boot camp in San Diego, he was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan where he was a teletype operator. He had many fond memories of his time stationed in Japan and would recount often getting soup late at night from the local noodle carts off base. He was later transferred to the USS Missouri where he completed his service in 1956. He enjoyed his time in the service and was proud of his status as a US Naval veteran.
Upon returning to civilian life, he worked as a truck driver in the Oxnard area. His father in 1957 helped John obtain employment with the phone company as an installer. He worked there for 33 years having worked himself up from a phone installer in the Monterey area, to switchman and eventually as a field service engineer in their power group, internally referred to as the “Arc and Spark Group”.
In the late 1950s he met his one and only love, Magdalene Ferrigno, an introduction through mutual friends. They married in November of 1957 and settled on the Monterey Peninsula, purchasing a home where they raised two sons. He was active with his boys as they grew up. He volunteered for 56 years at the AT&T ProAm in Pebble Beach, starting his efforts volunteering back when it was originally hosted by Bing Crosby. In 1977, John was elected to the Monterey School Board and served until 1985 where he served his final term as the board president. He made many friends and had fond memories of his time volunteering at the ProAm and the on the school board.
After the passing of his wife in early 2015, John continued to stay active with the ProAm. He regularly enjoyed going out with his various breakfast and dinner groups, and often visited with his son in southern California and his family to celebrate holidays and other special occasions.
Those who knew John often described him as a great guy and true gentlemen. He is survived by his older sister, Dorothy, two sons, Jeff and Keith, Keith’s wife, Betty Jo, and three grandchildren, Jane, Daniel and Amy.
The family is deferring his memorial and gathering until the spring/summer of 2021 when his family and friends can gather and celebrate and share his life. The details will be posted here as they become available.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
October 22, 2020
John always was confident and calm . He knew me as a baby, as his future wife lived with us before they were married.
He was always helpful to my Mother when she was alive, helping her with projects at her home.
John was always who he was....always consistent, never pretentious.
The way he loved and served his wife was exemplary. He loved his sons and their families. They loved and took great care of him too.
I’m grateful to have had an “Uncle” like John .
He taught me how to make cannolis and made sure I bought a car with “all the bells and whistles “.
My husband and I miss him very much.
Chuck Della Sala
October 11, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to John’s family. John was a person of outstanding character who spoke lovingly of his family. John would
often share stories of trips he took to spend time with his family. His family meant the world to him. My family and I, will miss his friendship, warm smile and gentle spirit.
October 11, 2020
I’m sorry to hear of the passing of John. My deepest condolences to the family. For the short amount of time that I had the opportunity to know and spend time with John at Forest Hill I totally admired the way he enjoyed sharing stories of his life and of his family. He told me many times he would not change any course of his life.It was a journey he enjoy all along the way.
God Bless the family and may John rest In Peace with his loving wife.
Vickie Zufelt/Assisted Living staff
At Forest Hill
October 11, 2020
John was a very caring, kind and soft-spoken gentleman with good business ethics. It was an honor to know him and to work with him. My sympathies to his family for your loss.