John-Alexander Clayborn Mason
November 5, 2011
John-Alex Mason, a Colorado Springs native, died Oct. 19, 2011. He was 35 years old.
John-Alex was an artist at heart. Preschool days at Ruth Washburn and school years at the Colorado Springs School and Middlebury College stimulated his young mind and nurtured his innate curiosity and exuberance for life. He was an inspired musician and a natural educator, and he was cherished by so many.
John-Alex loved life. He seemed to love everything. He loved freshly baked bread, big ocean waves, fresh snow, corny jokes, early morning, the Bones Brigade, Neil Young, Thomas Merton and scrambling through scrub oak. He was playful and kind, generous with his time and energy, so intelligent and thoughtful, dedicated to his disciplines and his friends and in love with his family.
He was an extraordinary man, an adoring husband, an incredible father, a loving son and brother, the perfect playmate uncle and a faithful friend. He was a searcher. He was a deeply spiritual person who sought and found God in people and nature and music. He believed in the power of individuals within community. He believed in the power of creativity. He was a treasure, authentic in his relationships and devoted to his unique sense of purpose. His 35 years were blessed. He lived them fully, one day at a time, with love and laughter.
We will miss him every moment of every day. All is well, Johnny, all is well.
A tribute to John-Alex is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hahn's Peak Cafe. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John-Alex's memory to KRCC, 912 N. Weber St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or to the CSS John-Alex Mason Scholarship Fund, c/o the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80906.