Mason Graves, a loving husband, dedicated father, cherished son, and devoted brother, passed away on November 7, 2023, at the age of 26. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and selflessness that will forever reside in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
A Funeral Mass celebrating the life of Mason Graves will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 11:00 am at Ascension Catholic Church, 1835 S 3rd St., Bismarck.
Visitation for family and friends will take place on Friday, November 10, 2023, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Ascension Church, where a vigil prayer service will start at 7:30 pm.
Burial will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Mason was born on January 30, 1997, in Minot, North Dakota, to proud parents A.J. and Carol Graves. He grew up in Minot, nurturing his kind and compassionate spirit, and graduated from Minot High School in 2016. Pursuing his passion for learning, he enrolled at Bismarck State College to study HVAC, eventually becoming a member of the union. Although he excelled in the field, Mason realized that his true calling lay elsewhere.
An adventure awaited him at Target, where he dedicated his time before discovering his innate talent for selling cars. His passion for automobiles led him to join the team at Eide Chrysler, and he was currently thriving as a valued employee of Puklich Chevrolet Bismarck. Demonstrating exceptional skill and a genuine love for his work.
On July 3, 2021, Mason found his forever love when he married, Erin Pasley. Their union was one filled with unwavering support, laughter, and unconditional love. Mason embraced his role as a doting husband and father with incomparable joy. His commitment to family extended beyond his own, as he and Erin lovingly welcomed two foster children into their home. Their bond was instantaneous, solidifying their shared destiny as parents. Additionally, their hearts overflowed with anticipation upon discovering they were expecting a baby. Sadly, their precious baby passed early in the pregnancy, leaving an indescribable void. However, their family continued to grow when they joyfully welcomed their daughter, Gracelynn Margaret, on October 2, 2023. Mason's love and adoration for his family knew no bounds, and he reveled in every moment spent with them.
Mason's impact was not only limited to his familial responsibilities, as he held a belief in the power of volunteering. He dedicated countless hours to making a difference in the lives of others. As a member of the organization Young Life, Mason established the tradition of bringing donuts to Bismarck High School every Wednesday morning. He used this time to connect with high-risk students, offering support and friendship to those in need. His kindness and compassion were unwavering, leaving an imprint on the lives he touched.
In his free time, Mason found solace in the world of movies and music. Comedy movies brought him laughter, while music, particularly the works of Michael Jackson, served as a constant source of inspiration. Sharing his vast knowledge of movies and music trivia, Mason was a wellspring of information, always willing to engage in spirited discussions.
Mason's infectious spirit extended to his love for dance and his remarkable singing voice. He would light up any room with his impressive moves and enchanting melodies, captivating those lucky enough to watch in awe.
Mason was confirmed at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Minot and currently embraced his spiritual journey as a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Bismarck, just having all three of their children baptized there on Sunday, November 5.
Ever the big kid at heart, Mason possessed a unique sense of wonder that captured the hearts of many. His half-joking belief in the existence of Santa Claus became a whimsical tradition, reminding us all of the importance of embracing childlike joy and spreading happiness.
Mason's favorite snack, Red Vine Licorice, symbolized his ability to find delight in the simple pleasures of life. His love for travel further exemplified his adventurous spirit, as he eagerly explored new destinations, creating memories to last a lifetime.
Mason is survived by his beloved wife, Erin of Bismarck, and their precious children, Catalina "Lina," Adonis "Donnie," and Gracelynn Margaret; loving parents, A.J. and Carol Graves of Minot; sister, Caaleb (Elijah) Hanks and their children, Tyson, Melia, and Roman, all of Minot; brother, Trey Graves of Minot; mother-in-law, Sara Pasley of Quincy, IL; sisters-in-law, Elise (Gabe) Hanafin and their son, Blaine, of Peabody, MA, Erica (Harley) Pasley of Casper, WY, and Emeri Pasley of Kansas City, MO and Mason's special friend, Lindee Paige, who he cherished as his second mother.
He was preceded in death by his baby boy, James Graves; paternal grandparents, Alton Wyatt and Gloria Graves and his father-in-law, Michael Pasley.
Mason Graves touched countless lives with his genuine kindness, infectious laughter, and unconditional love. As we mourn his loss, let us also celebrate the remarkable life he led and the eternal mark he left upon our hearts. May his spirit guide and inspire us to embrace joy, love fearlessly, and continue his tradition of making a difference in the lives of others.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials which will be put towards the Graves Children’s fund.