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Mason Warren Darling, April 7, 1984 — September 10, 2020

Mason Warren Darling passed away on September 10, with his loving wife, Kaitlyn Darling, by his side, after his brave battle with ALS.

Mason was born in McCall, Idaho, on April 7, 1984 to Sharyl and Mark Darling. Mason grew up in the backcountry of Idaho, graduating from McCall-Donnelly High School, where he met his wife, Kaitlyn. After school, they moved to Sisters, where they lived for 15 years. They were married in 2012.

Mason lived and breathed the outdoors, never passing up an opportunity to go snowboarding, snowmobiling, hunting, or fishing. Mason started his own business, Moon Mountain Masonry, in 2017 and was known for his hard work and honesty. He was the best example of living life to its fullest and loving with all his heart. His passion for hunting, working hard, and having fun was only beat by the incredible love he had for his family. Even with the decline of his disease, he always kept the sparkle in his eye that so many loved and cherished about him, and his love for his family was ever present.

Mason, Kaitlyn, and their boys just moved back to Idaho in 2019 to be close to family and settled in Emmett. Mason poured his heart into remodeling their new home with his dad, Mark, working by his side until it was just how he and Kaitlyn dreamed.

Mason was the type of person who could be best friends with a stranger in a matter of minutes. He was never afraid to take risks and push the envelope in any way he could. He played and worked hard, and he loved even harder. To be a friend or family member to Mason meant he was only a phone call away, no matter what you needed.

Mason is preceded in death by his grandfather, Alvie Dunning; mother, Shery Allen; and brother, Dylan Darling, who all suffered from ALS. He is also preceded by his grandfather, Arthur Darling; and grandmother, Rosie Darling.

Mason is survived by his wife, Kaitlyn; sons, Milo and Waylon; father, Mark (Rebecca) Darling; sister-in-law, Sedonia Darling; nephews, Ole, Alder; grandmother, Ruthie; grandfather, Bob; as well as his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Since his diagnosis, the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many family and friends was so very appreciated by Mason and his family. It was a testament to Mason’s personality, character, and impact on others that so many stepped up to help and support him and his family in any way they could.

A service will be held later this year in Emmett, after hunting season, so all of Mason’s closest buddies will be able to attend. Kaitlyn and the rest of Mason’s family want to thank everyone for all the love and support they have felt over the last few months.

Charitable donations can be offered to the ALS foundation in Mason’s name to help find a cure for the disease that has taken too many loved ones too young.


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