Larry Allen Mason

Larry Allen Mason passed away on Sept. 7 at his home in Belgrade, Montana. Mason was born on June 7, 1945, in Tyler, Texas, to parents William R. Mason and Bernice (Lapp) Mason. 

Mason graduated from Lake County High School in 1964. He then attended Colorado Mountain College, and thereafter, became a certified Master Electrician. Mason’s work history included 22 years at the Climax Mine, nine years at New Electric, two years at the Asarco Mine, and 19 years as owner/operator of Mason Electric. Mason and his wife Sandy Mason retired and moved from Leadville to Belgrade, Montana in 2012.

Mason enjoyed many community activities, including associations with the Rod and Gun Club in Leadville, the 4 Dot Homeowners Association in Belgrade and the Manhattan Wildlife Association in Logan, Montana. He had many hobbies and interests, including competitive trap and target shooting, rifles and pistols, gardening, woodworking, fishing, hunting, photography and so much more. According to his family, Mason was highly creative and innovative, often choosing to design and build what he wanted instead of buying it. He could fix nearly anything. Mason was always curious about any sort of craft, and loved getting new ideas and learning new skills from YouTube videos. Mason’s yard, garden and fruit trees were a source of pride in Montana, as he was not able to grow nearly as much in Leadville. His family said he loved teaching others and helping neighbors. He always wanted to see things done the best way possible, and with the highest quality. 

Mason served his country faithfully, during the Vietnam era, with the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967. 

Mason is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandy (Weaver) Mason; daughters Sheila Mason (Lane Scheideman) and Peggy Mason; sisters Billie Lantz (and family) and Marcia Morris (Tracy Morris and family); and brother, Robert Mason (Joan Mason and family). He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bernice Mason, and his brother, Daniel Mason. 

A memorial service and open house was held in Montana Sept. 13-14. The family will be planning a celebration of life gathering with family and friends in Colorado in spring/summer 2021.