Donald A. Mason, 82, passed away of congestive heart failure on Dec. 11, 2010 in Indianapolis, where he resided for the past year to be near his children.

He was born Jan. 8, 1928 in Princeton, the son of Arthur and Opha (Carnahan) Mason.

He was a World War II Navy veteran who served in the South Pacific from 1945-46. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, and was a member of VFW Post 1147 and a 65-year continuous member of American Legion Post 25.

In 1962 Don joined the Free & Accepted Masonic Lodge Millersville No. 126 in Indianapolis and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He transferred to Patoka Masonic Lodge No. 450 in Patoka. He was a dedicated member of the Democrat Party serving as president of Patoka Township, Precinct Committee person and Board of Zoning Appeals, Building Commission and several other appointed positions under Mayor George Taylorís administration for the city of Princeton. He was a retired supervisor from National Starch and Chemical Co. in Indianapolis.

 He is survived by his four children, Marguerita Johnson, Donald E. Mason and Jon R. Mason all of Indianapolis, Robert G. Mason of Franklin; two sisters, Martha Barrett of Fort Branch, Ruth Haney of Muncie; four grandchildren, Cassi Mason, Alexandria Mason, Andrew Mason, Ashley Mason; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; his companion, Mary Carter; two brothers, Guy and Bill Mason; and two sisters, Dorothy Keil and Beth Greer.

 Funeral services will be at 10 a.m.Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with the Rev. Larry Meadows officiating.  Burial will be at Decker Cemetery near Patoka. VFW Post 1147 will provide full military rites at the cemetery.

 Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Colvin Funeral Home, where Patoka Masonic Lodge No. 450 will conduct a Masonic memorial service at 7 p.m.