Gary C. Mason, 71

Longtime Monte Vista resident Gary C. Mason, 71, died November 30, 2018 at his home in Monte Vista, surrounded by his family and under hospice care.

Gary was born in Abilene, Texas on March 3, 1947 the son of Frank Clark and Marion Inez George Mason.  He married his wife of more than 34 years, Nancy Lynn Swanson on January 14, 1984 in Creede, Colorado.

Gary served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1969.  He did ranch work and outfitting for many years and also had a Leatherworking business.  Gary enjoyed hunting and fishing in the outdoors, horses, leatherwork and in his spare time liked to work on home improvement projects.  He also tinkered with mechanics and had a great love for his dogs and their companionship.

Gary is survived by his wife Nancy Mason of Monte Vista; his son Joshua (Gail) Mason of Golden, CO; his grandchildren Skylar and Tanner Mason; nephews Derek (Lea) Harden and Jerrod Swanson; his siblings Danella Miller of Denver, CO and Marion Mondragon of Denver, CO; his sister-in-law Bonnie Swanson-Harden of Westminster, CO; as well as many good friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Denton Pope and Timothy Pope and his sister-in-law Jill Swanson.

Cremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.  Contributions are suggested in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project at  or to the Disabled Veterans at

Rogers Family Mortuary of Monte Vista is in care of the arrangements.  To leave online condolences, tributes and remarks for Gary’s family, please visit