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George "Tony" Mason

July 18, 1946 ~ June 29, 2022 (age 75)

Obituary

George Anthony (Tony) Mason, 75, passed away on June 29, 2022, surrounded by loved ones after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

Tony was born July 18, 1946, in Santa Barbara, California, to Mary and George Santos. He was the oldest of seven siblings. Tony spent most of his years growing up in Twentynine Palms California. He shared many stories of his Granny, her boarding house and desert adventures with friends and siblings. Tony graduated from Twentynine Palms High School in 1965. The day after graduation Tony, his Aunt JoJo (Joanne Hollister) and cousins Cole and Brad Hollister loaded up their truck and camper and headed for Alaska. This would turn out to be quite the journey giving them many stories to tell, including trading in the truck for a newer one after breaking down, picking strawberries for extra money and picking up a young hitchhiker that was from South America who traveled the Alcan with them. Arriving in Fairbanks on July 5, 1965, Tony found his forever home.

Tony's first job in Fairbanks was with the University of Alaska working on the Musk Ox Farm earning $1.75 an hour. From there, Tony went to work for NASA at Gilmore Creek Tracking Station as a warehouseman where he worked for seven years. Then Tony set his sights on carpentry. Tony joined the local carpenters union where he spent many years before moving on to owning his own contracting business, Alaska Accent Construction. Tony quickly built a name for himself in the local construction community—from beautifully detailed woodwork to commercial and residential structures to excelling at lifting and leveling buildings throughout the area.

Tony married his high school sweetheart, Linda, in September of 1965 at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church on First Avenue. Together, they had two daughters, Carol and Miklene. Tony and Linda raised their girls on their homestead, which is known to many as Mason Mountain. Tony built the original homestead cabin with knowledge he gained through a book from the local library. After eight years in the cabin, Tony built a big beautiful home, which eventually had running water (uptown amenities) and is now powered with solar and wind electricity.

Tony was a self-made man. While self taught in many skills, he also took time to learn from the old-timers and peers in his community. Tony immersed himself in the Alaska lifestyle. He enjoyed his yearly fishing trips to Chitina with family and friends. This gave him numerous fish stories to tell. But Tony was happiest on the homestead which he referred to as God's Country. Here he enjoyed gardening, admiring the view from the deck, and building a lifetime of memories.

One of Tony's greatest joys was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They managed to bring out a softer side of Tony that only they could. He loved them all.

We find it hard to sum up the life of what we consider to be an amazing man in just a few paragraphs. To know him was to love him. Tony will be missed by his family, friends, and many in the community. Friends are the family we choose and Tony chose some great ones.

Tony is preceded by his Mother Mary Fitzgerald, and his father George Santos. Siblings, Terry, Daniel and Seth. Waiting until they meet again are his wife Linda, and daughters Carol (Mark), and Miklene (Matt). His grandchildren, Alexandra (Steve), Trenton (Erin}; Miklynn, and Hannah. His great grandchildren, Mila, Aidan, and Zayna. Cousins Cole Hollister (Janet), Keenan (Sara), Tyler (Suzy), and Brad Hollister (Joey). Siblings Cecelia, Cindy and Lawrence and stepdad Ken Fitzgerald.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday August 6th, at 2pm on the homestead. .

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