Steve Mason was born in Estherville on Dec. 4, 1958 to Delores and Raymond H. Mason. He has one sister, LuAnn (Mason) Swanson. Steve attended school in Estherville and found his love and appreciation for music under the instruction of Ben Haigh, band director, who gave Steve guitar lessons. Steve played in stage band, marching band and concert band.
While still in high school Steve answered an ad to audition for a new band that was forming called 'Spitfire.' He also signed up to enter into the United States Air Force. Steve was hired by the band and played with them until he left for basic training in San Antonio, Texas.
From basic training Steve was stationed in Wichita Falls located on the Texas and Oklahoma border where he studied nursing and patient care. He was then stationed at Travis Air Force base where he discharged from the Air Force in 1982.
From California, Steve traveled to Eugene, Ore., where he would spend the next seven years of his life. It was there Steve met his friend Jordan who was a proficient banjo player and who shared Steve's appreciation of musician Larry Groce. Throughout his time in Oregon, Steve and Jordan would play as a duet and in different bands. Steve recalls playing outside of the book store on the campus of the University of Oregon. This was a prestigious area for street performers and he and Jordan would easily bring in $50 to $100 for an hours performance.
Eventually Steve and Jordan would form a band called 'Windsong' and played mountain/bluegrass music. Steve would then meet a fellow by the name of Mick Baker and would join a band called 'Loose in the Saddle.' Steve remembers playing at the Oregon Country Fair. His band played in the morning with some of the smaller bands and that night on the very same stage, the Grateful Dead performed!
In 1989 Steve made the decision to move back home to Estherville. Steve worked at Mother Nature's for a short time and then took a job installing insulation and asbestos removal. Steve took some time off from his music to work and raise his family.
Eventually music would again find him! Steve received a call from Bob Gamble. Bob told Steve that he had double booked and wondered if Steve could play bass guitar for the 'Woodland band' headed by a fellow name Shane Von Holdt. Steve played with the group that night and they invited him to be a member.
His day job and family life required more of his time so he left the band. But his music kept calling and eventually he would meet and start playing country music with Brian Moffitt. It was just the two of them for a while and they eventually would form the 'Hoorah Band.'
It was through Brian and his wife Annie that Steve would start attending Crossroads Community Church. It was there that he had his ultimate life changing event. Steve gave his heart to Jesus!
Due to ongoing health issues, Steve entered the Good Samaritan Society Estherville in 2014 where he could receive the 24 hour nursing care he required.
Both of Steve's parents have passed, his father Raymond approximately 18 years ago and his mom Delores, who was also at Good Samaritan when she passed in December of 2014. Steve admits that he was always a Mamma's boy as he says his sister LuAnn will tell you.
Throughout his life he would talk to his mom at least once a week. If he didn't call, she would hunt him down! Steve is still grieving her passing but tries to keep his spirits up. He enjoys spending time with his sister LuAnn and her family and visiting with his son, Steven, Jr. who lives in Sioux Falls. He also still enjoys playing his guitars and has been invited to play for the Good Sam Men's Group.
Thank you Steve for being part of our Good Samaritan family.