The family of Captain Donald Mason (Mase) Wells (USN Ret.) announced his passing on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the age of 94 years in Gainesville, FL. He was very active in the Gainesville community and a founding member and leader for the Lady Gator Golf Booster Organization. He will be missed by his many friends, family and so many of our Boosters who interacted with him as he served on the LGGB Board of Directors in support of UF Women’s Golf.
Many of us did not know of his long and renowned career in the United States Navy. A member of the 1947 class at the U.S. Naval Academy, he fulfilled his lifelong passion for the Navy and proudly served for 30 years. Eighteen of those years were sea duty, including destroyers, submarines, aircraft carriers and amphibious ships. He commanded two submarines, a large amphibious ship, and was Commodore of an amphibious squadron of eight ships. Ashore, Captain Wells served as an instructor at the U.S. Navy’s Submarine School.
On retiring from the Navy in 1976 Mase joined Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc. where he served in various positions including General Manager and Vice President during his twelve years there. He was a leader in many professional, civic, charitable and military organizations. Lady Gator Boosters were lucky, indeed, to have Mase become so dedicated to our Booster organization and serve on the LGBB Board of Directors into his 90’s. They traveled to many team tournaments over the years to show their support and Gator pride! Some other contributions to our organization included the development and writing of the Lady Gator Golf Tales Newsletter, with his wife, Les—a publication that informed as many as 300 members regarding our golf teams’ activities and accomplishments. And as a couple, Mase and Les also developed and oversaw our LGGB website.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, April, 11 from 4-6 p.m. at the Gainesville Golf and Country Club for friends and family. There will also be a celebration of life for family and residents of Oak Hammock in the Upper Commons on Sunday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. He will be formally interned at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Cemetery later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Oak Hammock Benevolent Fund, 5000 SW 25th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32608