SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- 25 years isn’t a very long time but it’s all the time Mason Lowe had. It’s also all the time he’d need to make a big name for himself, one that most know all too well here in Exeter Missouri.
His name echoed through arenas.
Wednesday, it echoed through the halls of Exter High School.
High school principal Tim Jordan says it’s been years since that name wasn’t a well known one around here.
“He knew what he wanted to do with his life and he went out and did that. All the people in our community are so proud of him,” Jordan said Wednesday.
As a former classmate, Kandance Koehler, couldn’t ever help but see him as the funny kid from school.
“He was always the class clown,” she says. “If his name got brought up it would be like ‘Can you believe that he did that?'”
As a first grade teacher at the school where they met, she’s learning there are people in Exeter who won’t ever know him as anything but a local legend.
She’s been fielding questions all day.
“When you have a little kid ask about somebody like him, what do you even say,” we asked.
” I would just say,” she answered. “I would try to turn it and say, you can be anything you want to be. He went to this school, this small school in a small community and he was in the big leagues I mean he was awesome. It’s heartbreaking that we lost him so young but he’s like a hero to these kids.”