Mason was born and raised in Hahira and after graduating from Lowndes High School (LHS), he received both a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education from Valdosta State University (VSU). Mason worked for the family LP Gas Distribution business in Hahira from 1976-1982 before pursuing a career in high school and college education and athletics. He served as a teacher and coached at LHS from 1982-85, Lassiter High School in Marietta from 1985-88, and two years as an instructor, coach, and assistant administrator at Kennesaw State University. Starting in 1989, he spent 21 years building a new NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic program as Executive Director of Athletics at Clayton State University in Morrow. During his professional career, he served in the Rotary Club of Clayton County, the Clayton County Tourism Authority, and as a City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem on the City Council of Morrow. He also served two terms as the President of the Georgia Athletic Conference and served as Clayton State University’s Liaison to the Georgia Paralympics Committee during the 1996 Paralympic Games. Mason retired from full-time employment with the University System of Georgia in 2011, and currently works in a part-time capacity with the Department of Athletics at VSU. Mason resides in his home town of Hahira and serves as a City Councilman. He is married to the former Elizabeth Biles from Bemiss, GA and have three children, Josh, Ryan, and Jesse, and three grandchildren, Mason, Kinley, and Lillian.