Funeral for Les Mason set for early Monday afternoon

Funeral for Les Mason set for early Monday afternoon
The funeral for North Caddo Magnet High teacher and coach Les Mason will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at First Baptist Church-Vivian. Burial will follow in Vivian Cemetery.

VIVIAN, LA (KSLA) - Services for a longtime North Caddo teacher and coach are set for early Monday afternoon in Vivian.

The funeral for 56-year-old Vivian resident Les Mason is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church-Vivian, 311 N. Pine St. in Vivian.

Afterward, the Homer native will be buried in Vivian Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sunday evening at the same church.

And Mason was paid tribute during the homecoming game Friday with his jersey number from his time as a North Caddo quarterback painted on the field.

Mason, a North Caddo Magnet High teacher and assistant football coach, died last week in a wreck involving a parish dump truck.

He was working with students and staffers Thursday morning at the campus in Vivian when he left to attend a special education training session.

Mason was driving a pickup south on Louisiana Highway 1 about 11:30 a.m. when a Caddo Parish Public Works dump truck pulled out from a stop sign onto Louisiana Highway 169 and into Mason’s path, authorities have said.

Mason was taken to North Caddo Medical Center in Vivian, where he was pronounced dead.

The dump truck driver, 62-year-old Rodessa resident Willie Jackson, was taken to University Health for treatment of his injuries.

He has been cited for failure to yield.

Mason started his teaching and coaching career at Plain Dealing Academy then moved to Vivian Elementary/Middle School in 1990, according to his obituary.

He left Vivian Elementary/Middle School in 1998 to go to North Caddo Magnet High, where he also coached the fishing team.

Mason “was beloved by all his students and players. And his passing will leave a void on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” his obituary reads.

“He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Above all else, Les loved his family; he was a devoted husband, daddy and grandfather.”

A memorial fund has been set up in his honor at Citizens Bank & Trust of Vivian, which has locations at 120 W Arkansas Ave. in Vivian, 5755 N. Market St. and 6330 Youree Drive in Shreveport, and 110 Highway 1 North in Oil City.

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