On March 1, 2003 the life of Wesley E. Mason II, (55), the brother of Myrtle Krushall, was eulogized in Milptas, CA. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Mason was formerly employed as a counselor by the Riverside Unified School District.
In 1987 he left the area and moved to Santa Clara County serving in their Alternative Schools Department as a guidance counselor. He died November 22, 2002.
Born in Little Rock, AK in 1947 to Zelma McKindra and Wesley, Sr, he attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Dunbar Jr. High, and Horace Mann High School where he was an outstanding athlete.
He matriculated to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he earned a BS in history and education. His fate was sealed. His life complete he would forever work with youth. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois, Champagne/Urbana where he earned a Masters Degree in counseling and psychology.
In Champagne he was employed by the school district. Later he moved to Colorado where he worked for the Thompson School District. It was there that he heard the call to move west.
Upon leaving Riverside he moved to work in the San Jose area with the Milpitas community, Spangler community, and at the Muriel Wright Residential Center.
His love of children and education carried him far. He has known for working with abused, neglected, and delinquent students from 5 to 18 years old.
He was known as an advocate for children, always caring, always giving a listening ear. He had been sought out among his peers for guidance and support, and was known as a respected team player.
Mason created a Teen Hot Line, recruited students from local high schools, trained them, and provided guidance and supervision for the students as they worked as peer counselors.
He was a lifelong member and Trustee of Reed Memorial C.M.E. Church.
He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Judy; son, Wesley III; granddaughter, Taylor two sisters, Mattie Mitchell of Little Rock and Myrtle Krushall-Crane of Riverside; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and grateful youth that he helped in his life.
Contributions may be made to your nearest Heart Association, Kidney Foundation or the Diabetes Association in the name of Wesley E. Mason.
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