A Giant Among Men

Beyond the copious amounts of work he did for 106.7 KROQ, Scott Mason was a prolific member of the volunteer community as well. After reading online tributes from co-workers and friends, it was evident how many of his deeds were done quietly. We felt it was fitting to acknowledge those kind acts with some kind words from those who knew him and had experienced his endless generosity of attention and time in our neighborhood.

Boy Scouts of America, Troop 911

“Scott was a wonderful man and a great assistant scout leader and friend.  He was working with a lot of scouts on merit badges as he was a counselor for Electricity, Electronics, Radio, Scholarship, Swimming, Fire Safety, Mining in Society, Communications, and  Emergency Preparedness.   He was also a counselor for the new Nova Award.  He was always willing to lend a hand and help out.

Scott  was also proud to have been elected to be a member of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout Honor Society.”

Eileen Kramer
Troop Advancement Chair

SMBSA

2013 Summer camp at Camp Whitsett in the Sequoias

Scott was a conscientious caring adult leader that will be missed by all of the scouts and by his fellow adult leaders. I’ve had the privilege of knowing many adult scouting leaders over the years and Scott is among the finest I have ever met !!! He was the epitome of  what every scout leader should be.

Jonathan Orlick
Scoutmaster Troop 911

SMBSA911

Scott’s holding the troop’s limited edition 20th anniversary coin given to him by the scoutmaster as an award for exceptional service to the troop. In his left hand is a very special recognition the troop gives to leaders. When the troop retires an American flag the grommets are cut off of the flag just prior and given to deserving leaders.

Scott was a registered Merit Badge Counselor with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Western Los Angeles County Council.  Merit badges are awards earned by youth members of the BSA based on activities within an area of study by completing a list of requirements.  The purpose of the merit badge program is to allow Scouts to examine subjects to determine if they would like to further pursue them as a career or vocation.  Scott willingly offered and generously gave of his time, knowledge, skills and talents in merit badge counseling to any scout in any unit throughout Greater Los Angeles in nine subject areas including: Communications, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, Electricity, Electronics, Radio, Scholarship and Swimming.  Recently Scott added STEM/NOVA (science, technology, energy and mathematics) a special interest scouting awards program to his expanding list of subjects he was qualified to teach.

Scott was contacted and asked if he would be willing to substitute teach an electronics class for another counselor at the Balboa Oaks District Merit Badge Midway.  Scott said he would be happy to teach without hesitation.  Since then, Scott has been on midway staff teaching three to four class sessions, sometimes covering three or four different subject matters in one day.  On Saturday, March 28, 2015, despite having just been released from the hospital two days prior for complications associated with his long term illness, Scott felt duty bound to honor a commitment to the 45 scouts who signed up to take his classes.  He taught his classes from his wheelchair with an health aid at his side and did so without any complaint.

Scott loved scouting.  He was committed to its ideals for building character in young men.  Along the way he had the hope that through the merit badge counselor program and his teachings that he would have had some influence for good in the lives of those he served.

Ralph Ward
Balboa Oaks District Committee Member
Troop 911 Merit Badge Midway Chairperson

Van Nuys High School

I’d known Scott since the age of 11. We went through junior high and high school together. A few years back he visited my family and me in Holland. He organized the VNHS Class of ’77 reunion in 2007, threw a rockin’ party the night before and attended another reunion I organized in 2011. Plus, the beach party the day after.

That’s the last time I saw him… He was a broadcast legend on the campus lunchtime radio show – blasting through the Quad – apparently the first of its kind, anywhere… I was planning on contacting Scott to knock some ideas around for a big 2017 reunion. My schoolmates and I are deeply saddened by this loss.

Pallas Sluyter
Van Nuys High School classmate and friend

 

The Los Angeles Fire Department

The many men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department who came to know Scott over the years, extend their condolence to the CBS Radio family and their listeners in Los Angeles, and to many beyond radio that came to know and be inspired by Mr. Mason in his many roles in our community.

As his personalized license plates attested, he was indeed Mr. LA Radio – but to many more he was the embodiment of the selfless spirit that makes this nation great.

From long nights as an Emergency Medical Technician volunteering at a local trauma center, only to hit the airwaves hours later for Open Line; or to give freely of his weekends mentoring young men to become Eagle Scouts, only to return to a Los Angeles mountaintop to keep his stations on the air; to be summoned from a quarter-night’s sleep to provide disaster relief for the American Red Cross, and on the way home to return calls from his many college students who pleaded a desperate need for guidance, Scott accomplished more in an average week than most of us will in a lifetime.

And for that and so much more, we will be eternally grateful. Thank you Mr. Mason, for leading one wonderful life, and allowing us along for the ride.

Respectfully,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

West San Fernando Valley

While he chose to dedicate so much of his time to giving back quietly, it was not without notice. We thank you for your time within the Scouts and San Fernando Valley. A wonderful example of how many lives one person can reach.

We are certain our paths crossed at different BSA activities and remember a workshop you hosted. Until we meet again, may you rest in peace.

Special Thanks

Eileen Kramer, Jonathan Orlick, Ralph Ward, BSA Troop 911, Pallas Sluyter and Brian Humphrey. Thank you for taking a moment to share images and special memories.

Also, a friend and co-worker, Richard Blade, shared a loving tribute to Scott — it is a beautiful dedication and testament to his efforts and passion. Read more on Richard’s very touching facebook post.

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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