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In Memory of

Vernon Dee Mason

February 22, 1924 - March 19, 2015

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Vernon Dee Mason
1924-2015

San Jose''' Vernon Dee Mason, son of the late Jesse Irvin Mason and Florence Winifred Duryea Mason, born February 22, 1924 in Columbus, KS, passed away after a short illness in San Jose, CA on March 19, 2015 at the age of 91 years. Raised in Las Animas, CO, the devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather is survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine Mason; siblings Audrey Strain of Oakdale, CA and Howard Mason (Ann) of San Jose, CA; his children, Kenneth Mason (Linda) of Englewood, FL,...

Vernon Dee Mason
1924-2015

San Jose''' Vernon Dee Mason, son of the late Jesse Irvin Mason and Florence Winifred Duryea Mason, born February 22, 1924 in Columbus, KS, passed away after a short illness in San Jose, CA on March 19, 2015 at the age of 91 years. Raised in Las Animas, CO, the devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather is survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine Mason; siblings Audrey Strain of Oakdale, CA and Howard Mason (Ann) of San Jose, CA; his children, Kenneth Mason (Linda) of Englewood, FL, Barbara Marshall (Robert )of Cool, CA, Terri Perino (Joseph) of Gilroy, CA and Joyce Shepherd (Peter) of Tracy, CA; and grandchildren, Justin Marshall, Mitchell Mason, Angela Marshall, Sarah Blessinger, Rosemarie Mason, Emily Perino Savannah Shepherd, and Sierra Shepherd; and great-grandchildren, Austin Harper, McKayla Mason and Kendra Mason, as well as many treasured family and friends.

He settled in the Santa Clara Valley in 1947 after serving in World War II with the Navy in the South Pacific. He raised his family in his West San Jose home, which he built in 1951, and where he spent his last days in the company of beloved family.

He was a skilled craftsman and proud member of Local Carpenter's Union 316 (now 405) beginning in 1947 and retired as a lifetime member in 1981, receiving his 65 year pin in 2013. He was known for his expertise in the construction of numerous public buildings and private homes throughout the Santa Clara Valley. In retirement he enjoyed using his fine craftsmanship skills to restore antique furniture and build fine furniture of his own design. In his younger days he loved to fish, restore antique and classic cars, and travel with family across the US in his "camper."

Funeral services will be held at Lima Family Mortuary in Santa Clara at 12:30 pm on Monday, March 30 followed by graveside internment with Military Honors at Mission City Cemetery, Santa Clara . In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) or Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.SupportVeterans.org).