Thomas Michael Mason, age 37, passed away December 28th, 2016 at home with his family.
Tom was born February 21st, 1979 to VerrDon Holbrook Mason and Janet McArthur Mason in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tom was the oldest of six children and lived many places growing up while his father served in the Navy. During his growing up years he lived in Utah, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and finally Washington state, where he met and married Elizabeth Anne Green. Before marriage he attended Brigham Young University where he later graduated with a degree in computer science. During that time he also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tacoma, Washington and began employment at NovaRad as a software developer. Other places of employment over the years included Acclaim, Amazon, and Gabob, a company he and his friend, Tim Fowers, started.
On December 28th, 1999, Tom and Liz were married in the Seattle, Washington temple, located in Bellevue, Washington. Their children were born in quick succession and in ten years they were a family of nine! He and his family lived in many places including various localities in Utah; Silverdale and Bremerton, Washington; Lake Forest, California; and most beloved, Olive Hill, Kentucky.
His hobbies came and went, employment and places of residence frequently changed, but his church and family were unchanging. His wife and children along with his service at church were the primary focus of his life. His greatest desires were to serve the Lord with all his heart and to become the best father and husband he could possibly be. He did this in spite of increasing illness which came to a climax during the last three years of his life due to hemophilia and associated illnesses. During this time of intense suffering he continued to fulfill callings at church and he put highest priority on family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, counseling with his wife and each child individually.
Tom found great comfort and peace through studying scriptures and general conference talks from church leaders, day and night. He loved Jesus Christ and His gospel and cherished the promise that he could be with his family forever as he remained faithful to the end, and he did. He is a hero in the eyes of his friends and family for not just enduring but enduring well, which he maintained a strong determination to do.
Tom is survived by his wife, Liz Mason; his seven children, Thomas, Watts, James, Annie, Soren, Abbie, and Allie Mason; his father VerrDon H. Mason, and his siblings VerrDon J. Mason, Melissa Brown, Brian Mason, Steven Mason, and Bethany Brown. Tom is preceded in death by his mother, Janet Mason.
Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Ward LDS Chapel, 1029 26th St, Ogden, Utah, January 3rd 2017 at 11:00 a.m.