IN MEMORIAM: Don W. Monson '65

MonsonThe Rev. Donald W. Monson, Class of 1965, of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, died on June 5, 2016. Born in Alhambra, California, in 1934 and raised in Tucson, Monson served in the U.S. Army before attending General. He served on many different councils and committees of The Episcopal Church and worked over 30 years in full-time ministry, mostly in Arizona, where he built two Episcopal churches, St. Michael's in Coolidge and St. Michael's and All Angels in Phoenix. After retiring from full time ministry in 1995, he continued to serve part time at All Saints Episcopal Church until 2012.

Monson was extremely active in all of the various bodies of the Arizona Masonic Fraternity. A few of the numerous high offices he held included: Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Arizona, Grand High Priest R.A.M., Grand Illustrious Master for the Grand Council and Grand Commander K.T. in the York Rite. He was an active Scottish Rite Mason, having received its highest honors as a 33rd Degree Mason. He also held the top elected positions of the many and various appendant bodies of the fraternity in Arizona as well as several major leadership and chair positions nationally. Monson was known for his quick wit, knowledge of Holy Scripture, and his deep spiritual care for and life of service to his fellow man.

Monson is survived by many cousins and longstanding friends. His Funeral Mass was held at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Phoenix on June 18, 2016. His interment was in All Saints' Close Memorial Garden.