Mason was born and raised in Hahira, Georgia. After graduating from Lowndes High School, he received both a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education from Valdosta State University. Mason worked for the family LP Gas Distribution business in Hahira, GA from 1976-1982 before pursuing a career in high school and college education and athletics. He served as a teacher and coached at Lowndes High School from 1982-85, Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia 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, Georgia. During his professional career, Mason served in the Rotary Club of Clayton County, served on the Clayton County Tourism Authority, and served as a City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem on the City Council of Morrow, Georgia. 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 Valdosta State University. Mason resides in his home town of Hahira and serves as a City Councilman in Hahira, Georgia. Married 37 years to the former Elizabeth Biles from Bemiss, GA, they have three children, Josh, Ryan, and Jesse, and two grandchildren, Mason and Kinley.