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JAMES DOUGLAS "DOUG" CASEY
July 19, 1927 ~ October 17, 2012
"Doug taught and reflected the values
of respecting others and using your talents,
whatever they may be, to their fullest."
James Douglas "Doug" Casey, 85, of Longview, WA, passed away Oct. 17, 2012 at St. John Hospital. Doug was comforted by the presence of his children and wife of 61 years, Margaret Casey. He recited Psalms 23 just before he left this earth. While we are comforted that he doesn't have to battle pain anymore, we are saddened because Doug was so engaging and impactful in his relationships as a husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle, teacher, and friend to countless people. Our hope rests in our Lord Jesus and that Doug is worshipping Him with the other saints in Heaven.
Doug Casey was born July 19, 1927 in Coeur d'Alene, ID to James and Vera Casey. He was raised in the Coeur d'Alene area with his two sisters, Morva and Meeka. He lost his left arm in a machinery accident when he was 5 years old. While this physical trait was an easy way to describe him to others, one only had to know him for a short while before you forgot that he only had one hand. He never counted it as a handicap and he never let it slow him down.
Doug earned his degree in Education from Eastern Washington University. While at college he married Margaret Alice VanHardenberg and together they raised four children, James, Robert, Michelle, and Michael.
Doug enjoyed learning and people, which made him a passionate teacher for many years, starting in Coeur d'Alene, then moving to Klickitat, Hunters, reaching over to Carrolls, and then spending most of his time at Ridgefield Elementary. Usually known as the "strict" teacher, his care for his students shone through with his active teaching and praise for kids.
His teaching wasn't limited to the classroom. Doug spent a lot of his time taking his grandkids on "field trips" from climbing Mt. Adams to camping at the Cispus River. There were some who experienced his "Double-reversing Bean Squeeze".
Surely there are hundreds of people
who were positively impacted for having
Doug as a teacher and/or coach.
Doug's summer job with the Forest Service allowed the family to return to Coeur d'Alene each summer.
Retirement left Doug time to pursue his hobbies. Some of his favorites were creating sawdust in his shop and tending to his vegetable garden. Known for his ability to talk, anyone who met him came away hearing at least one of his stories peppered with his Irish gift of embellishment. We will all miss his offerings of carrots and corn and hearing one of his many stories, jokes, or insights to history.
Memorial services will be held at Longview Community Church, 2:00 p.m., Sat., Oct. 27th.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Gideons, Salvation Army or another charity close to your heart.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Oct. 23, 2012