Travis and Samantha Mason in a photo from her Facebook page.
Young couples are frequently encouraged to write wills and make estate plans that will be ready in the event of unexpected death — but few of them do so.
Such a tragedy seems too unlikely for most of them to undertake such a sad task.
But Travis and Samantha Mason were an exception to this rule. Why? One reason, Samantha says, was Travis’s past as a Marine — a service in which risking life for country is one cost of membership.
“We’d talked about what to do if anything was to happen — what his wishes were and what my wishes were,” she acknowledges. “And he just wanted everybody to be happy. He didn’t want anybody really mourning.”
Keeping this pledge will be difficult for Samantha and his friends, family and loved ones — not to mention what Samantha refers to as “his brothers and sisters” in the military. Because while Travis survived his stint in the Marines, which ended in February 2016, he was killed on June 18, at the age of 24, when he was shot while working as a security guard at Green Heart, a dispensary at 19005 East Quincy Avenue in Aurora.