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Obituary: Mason Gardner Stout

Mason Gardner Stout

1935 ~ 2007

Mason Gardner Stout, the patriarch of our family, a valiant, brave, bright man who never complained during his illness, died October 5, 2007, from the effects of glioblastoma brain tumors after struggling with them for two years."I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Tim 4:7. He endured to the end.

Mason was warm and tender-hearted, compassionate, full of humor, his wit was subtle, clever, dry and very quick! His greatest achievements in life include being the loving "dad" to his four accomplished daughters, being the proud "Popsie" to twelve adoring grandchildren, and a cherished and devoted husband to Kathleen. Mason was a very intelligent man who earned his PhD in organic chemistry at the age of 24, and later an MD degree that enabled him to work in the pharmaceutical industry where he was instrumental in developing new drugs (antibiotics and vaccines). He spent a lifetime enjoying sports, especially baseball and softball where he was known as a heavy hitter and a great pitcher. It is said there is a ball he hit in 1966 still flying around the Earth. He loved to play basketball and golf (as a left-hander playing golf right-handed, he enjoyed the thrill of making a couple of holes-in-one), and he had a great passion for photography. He was very talented with his hands and could repair anything.

Always active in the LDS Church, his favorite of all his callings was as a teacher in the Primary. He loved his loyal boyhood friends and felt so lucky to be one of the "boys" from his neighborhood who regularly audit one class a semester at the U of U. Mason has been a student his entire life! Mason loved his family and friends, Sunday dinners, Christmas, puzzles, ice cream, sports, Pine Valley (where he spent summers as a youth), a beautiful automobile, tools, concerts, traveling (especially to Boston), winning a game of Chicken Foot, sneaking peanut M & M's, growing tomatoes and raspberries, playing Free Cell on the computer, the USA, the Utes, and shoveling snow for his neighbors. He was a great man!

Mason was born April 30, 1935 in Salt Lake City to Myron Stout and Helen Gardner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Dr. R. Jan Stout; and is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his daughters, Alison Millson (Kirk), Dr. Lisa Stout Tillack (Chris), Paula Carter, (Mitchell), Sara Apke (Joe); siblings, Lorraine Pepper, Shirley Stroh (Millard), Jean Stout-Cooper (Bill), and M. Kent Stout.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, 12 noon at the Monument Park Stake Center, 1320 S. Wasatch Drive. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 E. 1300 S., Salt Lake City, and on the 10th, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Our profound thanks to all the compassionate, capable professionals who so tenderly cared for Mason.