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This is something I felt should be shared
with the whole class.

Excerpts of several emails from Don Masoner
I have fond memories of Southeast and the teachers.

The one most important thing that I have gained is that in 1954 I would not have thought this way but as the years have rolled by I have come to realize just how proud I am to have been a member of the class of 1954 of Southeast High School.

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During the course of several email exchanges between Don and Shannon Jones, he never failed to end his messages with comments about how he was looking forward to attending our 50th Class Reunion.
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I am really looking forward to the year 2004 and our 50th. In May of 2002, my doctor gave me 48 hours to live and I fooled him and I want to go on fooling him for another 1-2 years.

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Shannon, thank you so much for the e-mail.  It was so good to hear from you and I look forward to renewing our friendship in 2004.

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The lord willing I will be able to shake your hand and the hands of our classmates.

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I have had very few desires in life and the few that I have had, I think I have fulfilled. The one desire left is to be around and to attend #50.  I am really looking forward to this one. Through the years I have always been very proud that I was a member of the class of 1954 of Southeast High School.

An email to Betty Wison Dod - July 2003
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Don Masoner passed away
Friday, January 9, 2004
Eight months before the 50th Reunion.
Goodbye Don

I miss my old friend Don Masoner. I took him to the boys lunch that Chub (Mills) put together. We had a great time. I remember that he said to me, “I just want to live long enough to go to that fifty year reunion” He didn’t make it, he died just a few weeks later.

He had left my telephone number with his kids to call me in the event anything happened. When I hadn’t heard from him, I called his daughter and she informed me that he had passed away and was buried exactly one week ago. When I reminded her that Don said he gave her my number, she said, "yes, we know, but we couldn’t find it."

I then called Chub (Mills) and he said he saw it in the paper and went to the funeral. He told me he was the only '54 class member there.

I sure would have gone had I have known.
Jim Jefferies
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