About 12 years ago Tracey was involved in a very serious car accident. Beyond the physical trauma of multiple broken bones, Trace experienced a tremendous amount of "brain shear", or diffuse axonal injury. DAI is the tearing of the brain's long connecting nerve fibers (axons) that happens when the brain is injured as it shifts and rotates inside the bony skull. The doctors prepared us for Tracey being in an extended comma, and then long-term care, but to their amazement Tracey seemed to be almost unaffected. Trace did however develop a very difficult bipolar condition, and a later scan showed nearly no activity in his left frontal lobe. Trace spent many years trying to come to terms with his brain injury, and I encourage you to help fund research in his memory. Thank you so much for considering this.
Tracey Scott Masters left this world on his own terms on May 19, 2018, at the age of 31. Tracey was living in Montgomery, IL after spending a number of years in both the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and DeKalb, IL after growing up in the Aurora and Plano areas.
He leaves behind a loving mother, Marguerite Armstrong (Weigel); step-father, Mike Armstrong; father, Scott Masters; step-mother, Karole Masters (Proctor); his sister, Audra Kraabel (Masters); brothers, Jacob Kingsley and Mike Armstrong; his two nephews, Ryan and Adam Kraabel as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dr. William and Jane Weigel; his paternal grandparents, Scott and Felicia Masters and his nephew, Nathan Kraabel.
Tracey loved music, the harder the better, helping to found the band MegaNyra as their lead singer. He loved the outdoors and longed for the mountains. He loved his husky, Keyonie, that he shared with Jenn Shauer. Tracey had a huge heart and was always willing to help however he could. He was fierce in his love and protection of family. He studied psychology at several schools and developed a keen insight and strong opinions.