Lewis Sayler Masson, 84, passed peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning May 22,
2011 at the Veterans Home in Boise ID. He was born on August 20, 1926 in Dunsmuir,
CA to Charles and Marcelle Masson. He spent his childhood in Dunsmuir with his two
brothers and sister next to the Sacramento River in the shadow of Mt Shasta.

He graduated from Dunsmuir High School in 1944. In 1952 he graduated from University
of California Berkeley with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and later earned his
Masters in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Idaho.

He served in the US Army as a Combat Postal Inspector in the Philippines from 1944
through 1945.

In 1952 he began his career working for General Electric with the Department of Energy
at the INEL site outside of Idaho Falls, ID. His first project there was working on the
development of a reactor for aircraft nuclear propulsion. Other companies he worked
for throughout his career included Aerojet Nuclear, EG&G, and Scientech. He retired
in 1999.

He met his wife Karen Neal and her young son Mark while working at the INEL and
they married in 1955. Together they had two more sons Ross and James and raised the
three boys to adulthood in Idaho Falls.

In 1999 he was widowed when he lost his beloved wife Karen after a difficult 15 year
battle with cancer. He moved to Reno, NV in 2006 at the invite of good friend JackiFend
until 2009 when he then moved to the Veterans Home in Boise ID. For the past two
years he resided at the VA Home where they took very good care of him. He was well
liked by the VA staff and residents.

He is survived by his three sons Mark (Susan), Ross (Jenny), and James, six grandchildren,
2 great grandchildren and his sister Valerie.

He is preceded in death by his wife Karen in 1999 and his brothers Peter in 2007 and
Charles in 2009.

He and Karen enjoyed chasing friends all over the west in their sports cars and visiting
San Diego as well as the bay area. He took pictures of everything and was a wonderful
artist and craftsman. He especially enjoyed building model aircraft of all types. He was
known by all who met him for his humor, approachability, intellegence, and creativity.

He requested to be cremated and to have his remains spread in the Sacramento River
where he fished with his brother Charley when they were young. No formal services will
be held. Memorials should be made to the Idaho Veterans Assistance League, 320
Collins Rd Boise, ID 83702.