Daystar U.S. is incredibly saddened by the unexpected passing of Daystar U.S. missionary, Dr. Jon Masso. Jon served Daystar University in various capacities for nearly 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, his four children, and 12 grandchildren. Memorial services in his honor were held at Daystar University on March 1 & 2.
Clayton Peel, lecturer at Daystar University, shared his thoughts about his longtime colleague and friend:
Dr. Jon Masso, a retired Deputy Vice Chancellor of our university, is the epitome of a leader. I speak of Dr. Masso in the present tense, firstly because the God he believes in promises and grants eternal life. I also speak of Dr. Masso in the present tense because his works of charity, faith, good stewardship, good citizenship, and integrity are very much alive with us, and will be with us in this community for a long time to come. Alumni and current students whose education at Daystar was and is supported by Dr. Masso and his wife Phyllis; the School of Sciences, Engineering and Health which he pioneered and led as its first Dean; his pioneering work as an early resident in the wider Lukenya community; his compassionate contribution to addressing child destitution - these are just some of the pearls Dr. Masso bestowed on our community and the great country of Kenya.
Dr. Masso often accused me of flattery, an accusation he would make with his trademark smile whenever I pointed out to others what an important brick in the Daystar foundation he was. But I stand by every word I ever uttered of Dr. Masso. He embodied the finesse of academic management, knowledge, and people skills. He was quality with humility. And from what I knew and saw, he did not really crave the recognition of others that I believe he deserved.
One more thing: he and his wife, Phyllis, loved Kenya. Those of us who talked to them about their decision to relocate to the US know the anguish that accompanied that decision. It was fitting in a sense that, when the Lord called Jon Masso to glory, He did so during a three-month return to the land that had a special place in Jon Masso's heart - Kenya.
Rest peacefully, Mzee.
Clayton Peel, Senior Lecturer of Communications
We appreciate keeping Phyllis and the Masso family in your prayers during this difficult time. Phyllis has asked that memorials be given to the Jon & Phyllis Masso Scholarship Fund through the Daystar U.S. Office.