ROBERT LOWELL MAST
December 6, 1990 – May 13, 2016Born in San Andreas, California and growing up in the foothills, Robbie loved to explore the outdoors. Whether roaming the family ranch, ski instructing at Bear Valley, or intrepidly hiking the
Utica flume his sense of adventure was never quenched.
Robbie was an accomplished student, attending Avery Middle School, Bret Harte Union High School and Sonoma State University. While at Avery, Robbie’s natural leadership skills shone brightly
as an honor roll student, as the first sixth grade student to be elected to student council and as the school’s chosen representative at the Junior National Young Leaders’ Conference in Washington D.C. In 2008,
he represented Bret Harte at The American Legion California Golden Boys’ State. He was an imaginative visual artist and instinctive theatrical performer as evident from his local fair ribbons and countless playbills.
He honed his artistic skills with aplomb in graphic design and in numerous building projects.
Robbie spent memorable summers as a camper and counselor at Hidden Valley Camp in Maine where he fostered deep connections. Family travel to Hong Kong and Europe were modest beginnings to Robbie’s continuous explorations, most notably, his twenty-two month bicycle trip, which began in New Zealand and wound through Thailand, Singapore, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Italy, and France before culminating in England at Embercombe,
a self-sustaining farm and spiritual center. During his travels, he volunteered, worked on vineyards, and
made countless friends.
When Robbie returned home in 2014, he became instrumental in the expansion of the businesses at
Brice Station with visionary plans for their future. Working with his family and friends, he took a major leadership role in expanding the performance venue for concerts and Shakespeare productions, heading design and marketing developments, implementing sustainable farming practices, building a variety of inventive structures and involving himself in all aspects of winemaking. Life on the property will never be the same without
Robbie’s physical presence, though his spirit can be recognized throughout his family home.
Robbie will be remembered as a skilled woodsman, a creative chef, gifted artist, actor, and designer, accomplished farmer, fervent builder, and an enthusiastic adventurer. He was an ever-loyal son to Stuart and Dolores, Leda’s cherished brother, Brittany’s loving partner, a treasured grandson, nephew, and cousin, a life-long friend to an expansive circle of friends. He made an incomparable impact on the world around him. His ecstatic pursuit of his passions, disarming personality, and quiet gentleness will live on in the innumerable lives