Darrel Jay Mase Jr. (“D. Jay”) was re-united with our Creator and Lord on November 17th, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was 82 years old. He is survived by his wife Pennie Carrier Mase, son Curtis Mase (Monica), daughter Daryl Place (Alex), sister Marcia Butler (Al), six grandchildren: Samantha Mase, Parker Place, Lee Place, Easton Place, Curtis Mase, Jr., Patrick Mase and Pennie’s son Shane Rogers
Born in California, Pennsylvania, D. Jay spent his early years in Trenton, New Jersey, moving to Gainesville, Florida at age 14. He attended P.K. Young High School, got his B.S. from the University of Florida, and attended medical school at the University of Miami. After medical school, he served in the Navy as a flight surgeon aboard the USS Shangri-La. He returned to Gainesville for an ophthalmology residency, briefly lived in Jacksonville and Lakeland, and then returned to Miami for the remainder of his life.
In 1969 - on Saint Patrick’s Day - he opened his medical practice in Coral Gables and practiced ophthalmology for over 40 years. He often quipped that he considered the body as supportive structure for the eye. He was passionate about the profound ophthalmological advancements achieved in his lifetime, and was devoted to his patients. He delighted in enhancing the quality of their life by improving their vision.
His love of South Florida was immediate and continued all of his life. Even before buying a house, he bought a boat, one of several, and loved to run through Biscayne Bay and the Keys’ pristine waters, (occasionally running aground – earning him the nickname “Captain Hard-Aground” among his friends.)
South Florida’s weather, water and outdoor lifestyle suited him well. D. Jay was an avid water skier in his youth, enjoyed tennis and later golf. He was a member of Riviera Country Club, Wildcat Cliff’s Country Club (Highlands N.C.), Coral Reef Yacht Club, and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.
He was also especially fond of the West frequently traveling to Montana and Colorado. D. Jay and Pennie also traveled throughout Europe and Africa. He hunted with his son in Montana and fished in the Bahamas. He and his daughter skied together in Colorado and Switzerland and enjoyed special father/daughter trips to New Orleans, Chicago and Denver.
D. Jay and Pennie’s home in Highlands, NC, was a gathering place for family. They enjoyed an active social life at Wildcat Cliffs and carved out individual time to spend in the summer with their grandchildren. Affectionately known by his grandchildren as Papa Bear, his wise counsel, gentle demeanor and adventurous spirit made a lasting impression on each of them.
A memorial service will be held at Old Cutler Presbyterian on Wednesday November 21st at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow the service at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.
As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests donation to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which D. Jay supported: http://events.stjude.org/DJAYMASE