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Chamber veteran Kel Mason dies

Kelvin C. Mason

Kelvin C. Mason, former Arcadia Chamber of Commerce President in 1974 and Executive Director from 1980 until 1992, has died.

According to current Chamber executive director Beth Costanza, Kel, 82, passed away last week of complications from an accident on his boat while on vacation in Oregon. He died while being flown to a hospital in Southern California to be closer to home.

Services will be at Zook Mortuary in Monrovia, 600 E. Foothill Blvd. (358-1157 or 358-3244). Viewing will be Friday, July 31st from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 1st.

Feel free to join others in leaving comments below about your memories of Kel.

Joan Cline, a spokesperson for the Women’s Division of the Chamber, wrote a letter in the 1980s nominating Mason for Humanitarian of the Year. According to that letter, Mason was born in Nova Scotia and moved to the U.S. in 1957. He became an American citizen the same year he moved to Arcadia in 1962. At the time of the writing of the nomination letter, he and his wife Peggy had two children, Cindi and Victor. After 33 years in the mortuary business, Mason retired in from Utter McKinley Mortuary before becoming executive vp of the Chamber in 1980. “Kel,” as he was known, had also been President of the West Arcadia Business and Professional Association and the Arcadia Kiwanis Club. He was a District for the Luncky Baldwin District of the Boy Scouts of America, was coordinator of the Diamond Jubilee parade, and chairman of the West Arcadia Band Review and YMCA fund-raising campaign. He was a recipient of the Arcadia Citizen of the Year, Kiwanian of the Year, and YMCA for Sevrice to Youth Awards.


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