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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
Fax: 605-337-2374
Donavon Mason

Donavon Ray "Don" Mason

Thursday, February 25th, 1932 - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

Donavon Ray Mason, age 88, of Platte, SD died shortly after saying goodbye to his beloved wife of 61 years, Arlene. He passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Platte Care Center. He was born to Orrin E. and Myrtle (Parrish) Mason on February 25, 1932, in Platte, SD. A joint Memorial Service for Don and his wife, Arlene will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Platte. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. prior to services on Saturday. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at Platte City Cemetery. Social distancing will be practiced. The service will also be live-streamed.

After graduation from Platte High School in 1951, Don enlisted in the Marine Corp and served his country during the Korean Conflict. After his service, Don became a member of the American Legion and went on to hold offices as Local Commander, State Commander, and National Vice Commander.

Don and his wife, Arlene, operated a family farm and cattle operation. Don was always very proud to live in and be involved with the Platte community. He served on the school board, bank board, Community Building Board, was instrumental in rebuilding the Platte Sale Barn, and assisted the volunteer teams in building the Lake Platte Golf Course, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Lyric Theatre. Don enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, playing cards, reading, and a good steak.

Grateful for sharing his life are, his two daughters: Kim (Tim) Tripp of Hartford, SD and Jill (Dale) Schulte of Cedar Falls, IA; three grandsons: Tom Tripp of Chattanooga, TN, Adam Tripp (Me’Shaya) of Hartford, SD and Kyle Schulte of Iowa City, IA; one granddaughter, Madison Schulte of Iowa City, IA; a great granddaughter, Twila Tripp; two brothers: Lester (Fern) Mason and Kenny Mason; and two sisters: Alice Fischer and Georgia Adolph.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene (4/11/2020); two daughters: Jean and Karla; two brothers: Clarence and Vernon; a sister, Irene; six brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; four nephews; and his parents.

Memorials in Don’s honor may be directed to: Campbell-Timmerman American Legion Post 115, c/o Arden Harvison, PO Box 111, Platte, SD 57369, Platte Public Library, 310 S. Main St., Platte, SD 57369 or Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. https://alz.org
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    500 S Pennsylvania Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    Notes
    Social distancing will be practiced.
  • Service

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    500 S Pennsylvania Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Social distancing will be practiced. The service will also be live-streamed.
    Officiant
    Pastor Daniel Daum
  • Interment

    Location
    Platte City Cemetery
    Address
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    Notes
    Military Honors provided by Campbell-Timmerman American Legion Post #115 of Platte.
  • Reception

    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    500 S Pennsylvania Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    Notes
    Social distancing will be practiced.

Affiliations

  • American Legion
  • Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
  • U S Marine Corps

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Barb Buitenbos

Posted at 09:07am
We are sorry to hear of Don's death. May your families feel God's love and care through this sad time for your families.
Henry and Barb Buitenbos
FK

Frank Kloucek

Posted at 10:14am
Deepest Sorry on the passing of Don and Arlene
Don and Arlene were very dedicated to the American Legion and the Platte community. They did many good deeds including investment in the community such as the Platte Salebarn. We had many good discussions at American Legion Legislative events over the years. Don was never afraid of expressing his opinion on subjects of the day. They were hard workers on the farm and very proud of their family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Frank Kloucek Scotland South Dakota
 
JS

Jill Schulte Posted at 11:56am

Thank you so much, Frank. We are very proud of our parents!
GG

Gerald Goetzinger

Posted at 11:05am
Don & Arlene Mason were good friends and "Brothers/sisters in arms" w/ us in the American Legion and Auxiliary. Always looked forward to visiting w/ Don about farm & Legion....He will be missed. In our thoughts & prayers you will all remain.

(Memorial sent to Amer. Legion #115)

Gerald & Janis Goetzinger, Martin, SD
 
JS

Jill Schulte Posted at 11:58am

Thank you, Gerald and Jan. Mom and Dad enjoyed their Legion friends and gatherings so much!
J

jayyou66@hotmail.com

Posted at 04:20pm
Our thoughts and prayers to the Mason family.
Don was one of my mentors in the American Legion. I highly respected wisdom and knowledge. I will truly miss Don and Arlene.
 
DL

Donavon & Marlys List Posted at 06:03pm

Donavon & Marlys List, Yankton, SD Our sympathy and prayers are with you on the deaths of Don and Arlene Mason. We became acquainted with them many years ago through the American Legion & Auxiliary where they were both workers and supporters. They have been and will continue to be missed at Legion gatherings.
 
JS

Jill Schulte Posted at 11:59am

Thank you! Dad and Mom enjoyed their time spent and the work done through the American Legion.
 
JS

Jill Schulte Posted at 12:01pm

Thank you for your kind words!
PH

Pam Hegg

Posted at 10:13pm
Aleatory remember Arlene and Donny coming in to play bridge or going to the farm. They were such good friends with mom and dad. Our sympathy to the family. Ray and Pam Eastman Hegg
 
JS

Jill Schulte Posted at 11:59am

Thank you, Pam. We have so many good memories of Mom and Dad playing cards with their friends!
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