Mason Connor Toubeaux-Handy left us unexpectedly January 12, 2021. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts and minds. A private celebration of life will be held. Mason leaves behind a young 3 year old daughter Amelia and fiancé Julianna De La Torre, whom Mason loved very much. Mason had always taken great care to ensure Amelia “made the rounds” to family and friends. Mason was a good and loving dad and cared deeply for the future that he was committed to with Julianna.
Mason always disguised himself with a tough exterior and was a strong young man; however, Mason was truly an introspective and compassionate soul, whose heart was open towards others and this showed most with the concern for people’s salvation in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mason wanted everyone to know, “God loves you…no really, God loves you.” Mason attended Bible Study every Tuesday morning, 6:30 a.m. at the Little Bagel Shop where his banter, camaraderie and studious presence will be sorely missed. He was employed as a mechanic at John Deere and enjoyed fixing and repairing equipment.
Mason leaves behind brothers Logan and Timmy, sisters Alexis and Jera. Mason had a special bond with each of his siblings in an individual and private way, the way only an older brother knew how to do. He loved his siblings very much and their struggles were his struggles. Mason’s mother Michelle Knadle and he shared the love of snowmobiling and four wheeling at their family cabin, as well as, summer excursions to their family dock for boating, fishing and swimming. He especially loved to take his daughter Amelia to swim at Phillips Lake. Mason “drove his mom crazy” the way, a many a son do, but let no one mistake the love for his mother or the love for her son.
And I, Mason’s father Justin Handy, reluctantly relinquish my son to our Father in Heaven for Mason’s one request, “Dad, I just want a hug from Jesus.” From a fathers perspective Mason’s life story is complex to tell in few words. If you felt so inclined to ask and have the time, I would gladly share his story. For Mason’s story is my story. His story is our story. His story may even reflect your story, for it is relevant to the human condition. Mason fought a valiant fight in life and battled on his terms. His love and friendship I will forever miss. Mason was my battle buddy and in the words of King David, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
To the many family and friends of Mason Connor Toubeaux-Handy, we are eternally grateful for your love, kindness and friendship given and shared with our son, brother, grandson, father and an aspiring husband. Love is eternal.
We encourage all who knew Mason or his story to celebrate his memory as they would see fit. We do so appreciate the many condolences by phone and by mail.
Mason was preceded in death by his Grand Poppy Richard Toubeaux.
He is survived by his beautiful daughter Amelia Handy and fiancé Julianna De La Torre; father Justin (Kristina) Handy; Mother Michelle (Randy) Knadle; siblings Logan and Jera LeNay Handy, Alexis and Timothy Knadle; step sister Rachelle Knadle and step brothers Wyatt Knadle, Kyle and Jesse Hamann; grandmother Susan Payne and Nana Pamela Toubeaux.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to “In Memory of Mason” through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences can be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com