Libertarian Party of Colorado
|Death:||December 31, 2020 |
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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John Mason was Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado from 1980 to 1981.
- Chair (1980-1981)
- Research Director (1977)
Obituary from the Monarch Society
Longtime Denver resident and local architect John L. Mason Jr, brother, father and friend took his last breath on December 31, 2020, at his residence in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, after a long illness. He was born in Washington D.C. on November 4, 1946 to Commander John (Jack) L. Mason and Ingrid Mason. He was the oldest of seven children. Together they traveled the length of the country and across the ocean to Europe. John went to dozens of public schools until graduating from Mount Vernon High in Alexandria, Virginia as an honor student and athlete. He served briefly in the US Navy to fulfill his obligation to NROTC (at Columbia University).
The luckiest year of his life was when he met Sally Terrill and they both settled in Ames, Iowa, attending Iowa State. John earned a degree in architecture, while Sally earned one in interior design. During their college years, they married twice, secretly in 1968, and again with family on July 26, 1969. After graduation, John and Sally moved to Denver, Colorado, never looking back. Eventually they moved to the Alamo Placita neighborhood, an historic residential area and both were engaged with local architectural firms. In 1989 John and Sally announced the birth of their daughter Casey, the “Miracle on Corona Ave.”
John liked baseball, beer, western boots and buildings (in any order). He didn’t like authority, budgets, deadlines and YOUR opinions. Some of his favorite projects in the area were the Denver Central Library, a high-rise at 1999 Broadway, and in particular, the University of Denver Magness Arena. To John, the DU Arena was all about sports, buildings, and, thanks to the proximity to the Campus Lounge, beer.
John was a longtime supporter of Denver sports. He was a season ticket holder of the Colorado Rockies, always attending games with his daughter, as well as the DU Pioneers hockey and basketball programs. If he wasn’t in the stadiums or arenas watching his favorite teams, he would most likely be found at the Campus Lounge watching the games with his closest friends.
John’s roots were planted in the suburbs, but his branches and limbs grew to embrace the city. He loved the city. He never missed a chance to talk with interesting strangers, doing interesting jobs in his city. He was always interested in the opinion of others and felt he could correct them by persuasion. He ran (unsuccessfully) for the opportunity to represent the people of Denver as a Libertarian in the House of Representatives. Ever the idealist, never the pragmatist.
John was a Libertarian, contrarian, and egalitarian. He was an agitator, procrastinator, and inspirator. John will be remembered by daughter Casey (Justin Troche) and granddaughter Charlie; brother Richard Mason (Betty Mason); sisters, Karin Mason, Victoria Mason, Elizabeth Folland (Geoff Folland), and Berit Dotts (Dan Dotts); so many other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Sven, and wife Sally.
“Johnny we hardly knew ya”