November 28, 1938 — April 10, 2018

Dean Steiner Mason was born in Ashland, Oregon, on November 28, 1938, the son of George and Ruby (Powell) Mason.

He died at his home in Hermiston, Oregon, on April 10, 2018, at the age of 79.

Dean lived in Ashland throughout his childhood and graduated from Ashland High School in 1957. After high school, he attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he met and married his first wife, Maxine Vance, in 1961. They moved to Salem, where Dean earned his Bachelor’s degree in music from Willamette University.

After moving to Lebanon, Dean began his teaching career at Lebanon Junior High School. He earned a Master’s degree in education from Oregon State University. Dean had a passion for music, leading him to found the Lebanon Community Choir in 1967. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lebanon, where he directed both the choir and the hand bells.

Dean later taught in Astoria, where he met and married his second wife, Judi Dearman, in 1991. He went on to teach in Klamath Falls before finishing his career in Hermiston. He retired in 1996 and continued to substitute teach for 18 years.

Dean was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hermiston where he directed the choir and hand bells. He participated in the Inland Northwest Orchestra and Chorale for many years.

He also enjoyed painting houses and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Judi of Hermiston; son, Michael Mason of Tualatin, Oregon; daughter, Debbi McMahon (Jay) and sons, Patrick and Garrett, all of Bend; sister, Marilee Titus of Tacoma, Washington; and brother, David Wesley Mason (Christina) of Lakeview.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, 191 E. Gladys Avenue, Hermiston.

The family suggests memorial donations go to the Hermiston United Methodist Church.

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