Zane S. Mason, home builder

Sunday, March 13, 2011; 6:11 PM

Zane S. Mason, 83, an Arlington County home builder and developer for more than 30 years, died Feb. 27 of pancreatic cancer at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

Mr. Mason had operated Mason Properties with his brother since 1962. The firm built homes and apartments in Northern Virginia and is now run by Mr. Mason's son, John.

After 1985, Mr. Mason dedicated his career to managing the apartments he had built.

Zane Stevens Mason was born in Roanoke and moved to Arlington when he was 2. He graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1945 and served in the Army and Merchant Marine.

For five years, he was a draftsman at two Arlington architecture firms before starting his own home building business in 1952; 10 years later, his brother became a partner.

Mr. Mason served on the Arlington County Planning Commission, a public group that advises the County Board, and was president of the Optimist Club of Arlington. He had a second home in Lusby and was a member of various boards and citizen associations.

He had been a member of the Falls Church and Patuxent wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Louise Roberts Mason of Arlington; five children, Linda Jeffs of Salt Lake City, Jane Zeyer of Melba, Idaho, Nancy Hall of Cavetown, Md., Laura Smallwood of Fairfax City and John Mason of Falls Church; a sister; 23 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

- Timothy R. Smith

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