Mason Justice Chamberlain had a delightful sense of humor, loved to scare his mama, and took great pleasure in avoiding all things mainstream. From an early age, Mason demonstrated confidence, independence, empathy, and kindness. People were drawn to Mason; he was magnetic! He was brilliant, silly, creative, assertive, hilarious, kind, gentle, loving, respectful, energetic, empathetic… he was unique and colorful. If there is one word to describe Mason, it would be ‘original’. He was quick to flip his middle finger in face of convention, and rather than follow trends, he preferred to create his own. You need only watch a few of his YouTube videos below to see what an original Mason truly was.
Mason started team sports very young. His first sport was soccer and his mom, the coach. At age three, he ran the ball all the way down the field and scored a goal, only to cry when he realized he had to do it all over again. He also played Little League Baseball, and discovered he had a very strong arm. Baseball bored him, however, so he moved on to basketball. When he was thirteen, he started Boxing with a private trainer. He attended some group sparring classes and proudly reported that he was a Heavy Hitter. Most recently, he asked for a pair of good running shoes for his 14th birthday and was beginning to enjoy running with friends. His true love was not sports, however. Mase was a proud and talented gamer. He often organized raids and formed teams with other players online, leading them to victory in a world only they understood. He was a tech wiz and avidly sought training from those he respected in the areas of music and technology.
(selfie taken before the 8th grade dance, May 2013)
His most recent vines and YouTube videos show his love for communicating and entertaining. Mase had a fun way of making people laugh. He had a tender heart and often sought out and befriended the loners and underdogs. He was well known in school and church, and had a diverse group of friends. He loved to be connected but chose to avoid the online pettiness that teens often get caught up in. When faced with some teen bickering via twitter, he chose to correct everyone’s spelling and use of the words your and you’re instead of engaging in the battle. He seemed to understand situations at a higher level and saw things from a different perspective. He responded to situations in ways that amused not only him, but those around him.
Mason traveled (Mexico, Australia, Hawaii, Bahamas, England, France), he laughed every single day of his life, he cared about his friends and family, and he brought light wherever he went. This man-child was loved by so many. He gave the best hugs, long and sincere, and he made people feel like they mattered. He listened when his friends needed to talk. He believed in second chances and always stuck up for people when they had made a mistake. He encouraged people to believe in themselves. He was a leader, a trendsetter, a comedian, and a lover boy. He made a fatal mistake on June 3, 2013, without any sign or warning. He didn’t get a second chance and as a result there is a Mason-shaped hole in many hearts today.
To learn more about Mason, check out the tributes page where you will see so many comments, pictures, memories shared by the people who knew Mason best and loved him most.
Mason’s stuff from around the web