Marshall Lee Mason, Jr., of Midland, Texas, died at home Sunday, January 23, 2005, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born to Gladys and Marshall Mason, Sr., in Post, Texas, on June 23, 1927. Marshall graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in geology in 1947. He began his career as a geologist with Union Oil Company in Midland shortly after graduation. Later in life he became a priest in the Episcopal Church after graduating with a Masterıs Degree in Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1963. He began his ministry serving as rector for churches in Beaumont, Bridge City, and Vidor, Texas, before moving to Bellville in 1970. He served as rector of St. Maryıs Episcopal Church in Bellville and St. Johnıs in Sealy from 1970 to 1977. Before his retirement, he served at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Midland from 1986 until 1997. As a youth, he was an Eagle Scout and had a life-long appreciation of the work of that organization in the lives of young boys. He was active in the oil business before, during, and after his active ministry. He also was a counselor specializing in substance abuse and marriage and family matters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Marshall Mason, and one sister, Marian Lee Minor. Marshall and his wife Karen enjoyed a combined family of eight children: Mary Ann Krause of Houston; Laura Stewart of Midland; Martha Mason of McAllen; Marshall Lee Mason III of Lexington Park, Maryland; Jane Swartz, Julia Barrett, and Emily Klemme, all of Midland; and John Brenner of Dallas. Marshall also left a legacy of fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorial services celebrating his life and ministry were held on Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Midland. The family requests that memorials be directed to the Memorial Fund at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1412 W. Illinois, Midland, Texas 79701; the Church Boy Scout Troop #51 at the same address; or Hospice of Midland, PO Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702, which helped his family so well during his illness. Memorials can also be directed to the American Cancer Society, ATTN: Web, PO Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454 or The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486.
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