Arnie Mason

December 29, 1941July 15, 2013

Arnie peacefully went to be with his Heavenly Father at home holding the hand of his "forever love" Jan. Arnie was born as the second child to Arnold and Pearl Mason in Burley, ID. His family moved to Payette, ID where Arnie attended school from second grade through his graduation in 1960.

In 1959, Arnie began his career in broadcasting as a part-time DJ at a local Payette radio station. He moved from radio to television as a reporter, producer and anchor for KID in Idaho Falls in 1968, this path continued at KOIN in Portland through 1976. In 1979 he returned to Idaho Falls as the News Director at KIFI and then in 1981 became the News Director for KBCI, Boise. In 1984 Arnie went back to his love of being a news anchor and reporter and as an avid fisherman found his heaven on earth in Anchorage, AK.

In 2002, he completed his life journey by marrying his "Northern Star", Janice "Jan" Atherton. Together they remained in Alaska enjoying the abundant beauty, wildlife and fishing until 2009 when they returned home to Payette to be closer to family.

Arnie was preceded in death by his mother and father; his older sister, Sandra Clayton; and grandson, Jeffrey Gray. He is survived by his wife and love, Jan; siblings, Julie MacIntosh (Mac), Jeff Mason, and Bob Clayton; his second mom, Marcella Atherton; children, Marcie Scarrow (Stacy), Tre' Mason (Donna), Jana Laughlin (Michael), Joey Gray (Alla), Julie Webber (Ron), and James Gray (Debbie); grandchildren, Jennifer Granger (Jeremiah), R.J. Bennett and nine additional grandchildren he opened his heart to when marrying Jan; and one great grandchild, Billy Granger.

Arnie had spent his life dealing with juvenile diabetes and felt that donating his remains to Medcure may in some small way help to alleviate others from suffering.

A memorial service will be held July 27th at 2:00 p.m. with reception following at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church 208 SW 1st Ave., Ontario.

The family would like to thank Heart 'n Home Hospice for the wonderful care and support that was given to Arnie and his family and a special thank you to our "Special Nurse" Sue, who helped us in fulfilling Arnie's wishes on the final journey; she will forever remain in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Heart 'n Home Hospice, Fruitland.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 27, 2013

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September 24, 2013

I worked with Arnie at KOIN. What a voice God gave him. Arnie will probably be an announcer in heaven. Mike Donahue

Jason Kohler

September 3, 2013

Arnie was the first real news anchor and reporter I ever worked with. I met him when I was nineteen and he taught me how to shoot to edit. I was his photographer/fishing partner when he moved to Juneau to cover legislative session. I learned how to be a photographer from him and the next 20 years of my life I chose that for a career mostly due to his influence. I started thinking about Arnie about a week ago and was sadden to find this obituary. Thank you Arnie for all you taught me and for being always being true to your craft. God speed Arnie.

Teresa Leininger

August 3, 2013

Jan, I am very sorry for your loss. Teresa

Florence Larson

July 22, 2013

Jan, Sorry for your loss. Wish I could have seen the two of you at the reunion, but I wasn't able to attend. My prayers are with you.

July 22, 2013

Dear Jan & family,

We want to send you our sympathy at this difficult time. May the Lord send you his blessings of comfort and peace. Arnie was a special, caring person and friend. We will not be able to attend the service, but want to you know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lois and Paul Moser

July 22, 2013

Jan, the PHS Class of '61 extends its sympathies to you and your family. Many of us remember Arnie and of course I have such fond memories of you, too. Hearts and prayers are with you.
--Merrily Fruechtenicht Weidner

Floyd Smith

July 22, 2013

Arnie was a fine friend, mentor and talented TV reporter. We worked together at KID, Idaho Falls, in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, and at KOIN, Portland, in the mid-‘70s. Arnie will ever be in my heart.

It was wonderful to visit him earlier this year at his Payette home, and to recognize, even in his illness, he still had the spark of humor and love of life that defined him so well and made him welcome to all who knew him.

Arnie would take me fishing back in my Idaho days. He thought he could imbue me with the love of the sport. Didn't work out that way. But I managed to have fine times just being with Arnie and listening to his yarns.

I nearly froze to death on one memorable trip to the Salmon River. On the way, he asked me to open the jockey box to retrieve a pen. Out rolled his trusty 44 mag. The thing was huge. And loaded.

Well, he let me shoot the gun as I stood by the raging Salmon. The roar of the river was nothing compared to the sound of that pistol, the recoil of which nearly knocked me on my keister. But the excitement warmed my bones through and through.

Arnie caught two fish that day. It was an Arnie kind of day.

Remember him well, all you who knew him, for his goodwill, his excellent reporting and his fish stories.

Dolly Benson

July 21, 2013

So sorry Jan, I really enjoyed visiting with you and Arnie when I came to Payette several years ago. He will be missed. You take care and I will be praying for you and your family.

Jim Rauh

July 21, 2013

Arnie was a colleague in journalism, a fine example of straight -forward reporting that contributed to the product at KOIN-TV and enhanced the luster of CBS affiliate news.

Pax Vobiscum, my friend. A privilege working with you.

Kathy Kowash

July 21, 2013

Arnie will be missed. He has not been a part of my life for many years, but on the occasions that we have met it was as if no time had passed. I often think about both of you and will keep everyone in my prayers in the coming weeks. Kathy Kowash