Evered J. “Red” Mason, 99, passed away on Feb. 23, 2021. He was born in Los Gatos on Feb. 22, 1922 to Edward H. and Eva Mason.
Red attended elementary school where all eight grades were in the same room, and graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1938. He was inducted into the Army in February 1943 and served in England, France and Germany during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo to complete his college education and graduated in 1948. He then joined the rodeo for several years, riding bulls and bareback horses. He also homesteaded farming land near Yuma, Ariz., under the Veterans Homestead Act. In 1955, he and his wife Bernadine purchased a ranch near Galt where he resided until his death.
Mason spent many years working in livestock and agricultural related jobs, including Valley Livestock Commission Co., California Brand Inspector, Federal State Market News Service, Stockton Production Credit Association and Real Estate agent. He was formerly active in the California Cattlemen’s Association and served as president of the San Joaquin/Stanislaus branch, where he was awarded Cattleman of the Year in 1979-1980. He was also active in the Galt 4-H Club and Future Farmers. In 1977, he received an award for being the top Market News Specialist in the United States.
Surviving him are his sons, Edward (Cheryl) and Rob Mason; grandchildren, Edward Mason and Jennifer (Kris) Moore; and great grandchildren, Kristopher and Gunner Moore.
Preceding him in death were his wife of 64 years, Bernadine; parents, Edward and Eva Mason; brothers James and David Mason; and sister Marion Allard.
No memorial services will be held per his request. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.