Gerald Dean Mason, Sr. was born on June 24, 1940, to William and Helen Kunst Mason in Kasota, Minnesota. He grew up in Eagle Lake, Minnesota, working at his family's auto shop. He was united in marriage to Joyce Lucille Gaines of Wells, Minnesota, on December 23, 1958, in Wells, Minnesota. They had six children together. He was employed at Wilson's Meat Packing Plant in Albert Lea, Minnesota from 1962 to 1976. Jerry was self-employed from 1976 to 2001 in the used car sales business. He then retired and spent his winters in Florence, Arizona.
He is survived by his wife Joyce Mason, his six children: Laurie Scott Baer; Gerald , Jr. LuAnn Mason; Julie Matthew Platte; Peggy Michael Witt; Jeff Sondra Mason; Brian Stacy Mason; fifteen grandchildren: Brittany, Jenna and Emma Baer; Nicole and Jeremy Mason; Dustin, Cody, Elizabeth and Jacob Platte; Nathan, Emily and Katie Witt; Tyler and Riley Mason; Alice Lucille Mason; one great-grandchild Averie Kirby, brothers Joe Nancy Mason and Butch Mason, sisters Mary Bob Zuehlke and Sharon Irv Halstead, sisters-in-law Dalores Malcolm and Trina Malcolm-Churchill, brother-in-law Chuck Gaines, and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and William Mason; his mother and father-in-law, Ada and Alvin Gaines; sister Ruth Ann Mason; sister Shirley Baynes; sister-in-law Mary Mason; brother-in-law Lloyd Gaines; granddaughter Danielle Grace Baer; grandson Drew Scott Baer; great granddaughter Claire Marie Kirby; nephew William Halstead; niece Kimberly Mason; niece Elizabeth Churchill.