Arthur Clifford Casey

July 19, 1920 - April 24, 2017
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran
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Funeral services for Arthur Casey, age 96, of Coleman, TX, formerly of Irving, TX will be held 11:00am Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, TX. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Memorial Park Cemetery

Mr. Casey passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at Coleman County Medical Center after a brief illness. Mr. Casey was married to Lucile “Sissy” Dorety on Dec. 10, 1944 in Irving, TX. Sissy preceded Arthur in death on Jan. 10, 2011. Mr. Casey was born July 19, 1920 in Dallas County to A.W. Casey and Floye Meggs Casey.

Mr. Casey was a star athlete in high school. After high school graduation, he played football for Paris Jr. College from 1939 until 1941. He transferred to North Texas State to play ball, but his football career was interrupted by the beginning of WWII. He and the entire football team volunteered for the Navy in 1942. Mr. Casey went through flight training with the Navy but was later transferred to the Marine Fighter Squadron VMF-218. He was assigned to the South Pacific Theatre. Mr. Casey was a fighter pilot that flew missions daily against the Japanese. After the war, he returned to Texas, to marry Sissy Dorety and to finish his college football career at East Texas State University. After graduation, he became a teacher and coach in Grand Prairie, Mineral Wells, and Rosebud, TX.

Casey and Sissy returned to Irving, TX., where he taught history and coached at Bowie Jr. High School. He went into school administration as principal of J.O. Shulze Elementary School. In 1963, Mr. Casey became the first principal at MacArthur High School. He moved from principal to central administration and retired as Assistant Superintendent for Administration in Irving, TX.

My dad was a war hero and mentor for many young men and women. He was a loving father, grandfather, and husband. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and my best friend. He will be missed by his family, and his many friends.


Arthur Casey is survived by his son, Arthur "Skip" and wife, Susan, of Coleman, TX; grandson, Sean Casey and wife, Raquel; great grandsons, Rhys, and Sage, all of Victoria, TX.


Service Information

Visitation
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Funeral
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 am

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Brenda Bingham
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Bridgeport ISD
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Janis Seidner Albin
Yantis, TX
I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Casey's passing.  He was a wonderful neighbor and a great man leaving us with many fond memories.  My sympathy to the Casey Family.
Virginia Collier
Brenham, TX
You and Susan are in my thoughts and prayers, Skip.  Your Dad was probably the most important person in my administrative career because he supported me and guided me at the very beginning.  I shall never forget the first time I had to "expel" a student from Irving ISD.  The idea that a student could not attend school anywhere in Irving broke my heart and I sat in your Dad's office and cried.  He may have been a fighter pilot but he was one of the kindest individuals I ever worked with.  I have not seen him or you in years but I miss him.
David Boyd
Jonesboro, AR
You and Mrs. Casey were a great influence on thousands of young lives.  You laid a path in education that many of us followed.  My days with you dates all the way back to Bowie Jr. High but they are still vivid.  RIP Arthur Casey.  Cherish all the fond memories you left behind with the students you taught and mentored.
Staci Robertson
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C. Michael Mayo
Spring, TX
My thoughts and prayers to the Casey family! Mr. Casey was a fabulous educator whose shaped the lives of many at MacArthur High School. A local radio station held a contest for Principal of the Year and Arthur Casey, with the help of students and parents, won the contest in a landslide! Our MacArthur Cardinal is flying high in God's house now. May he Rest In Peace!
gary willis
ft. worth, TX
mr casey was a mentor to many students thru the years, he will be deeply missed
Michele Alexander
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Johnny Letourneau
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Jan Thomas Estrada
Irving, TX
I am so sorry to hear of Casey's passing. Sissy & Casey were two of the sweetest people I have ever known. My parents, Ben & Bobbie Thomas, were life-long friends of these two lovely people. They made such an impact on my life and I will treasure my memories of both of them.
Becky Burgess
Arlington, TX
Mr. Casey was a wonderful person.  He set the stage for MHS to be a great school.  I was a student at MHS the first 4 years that MHS was open and I was in the first graduating class.  He was a hands on principal and he interacted with students daily.  As an office aide, I saw him lovingly deal with students.  We owe so much to Mr. Casey.  I pray for Skip and his family that Jesus will get them through this difficult time with all the great memories.
Jeff cooper
Ormond Beach, FL
Skip. My sister saw on Mac Arthur High Facebook page that your dad had passed away. I had a flood of memories come rushing in from our high school days together at Irving High, and how your dad (and mom) were such an important part of those days. Those are treasured memories for me on many fronts, especially the hunting and fishing.
Your dad was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. Please accept my deep sympathy.
Jeff
Jan Estrada
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Cindi Cooper Dailey
Castroville, TX
I have so many great memories of your Dad and of course, Skipper, a great friend of my brother through your high school days. Mr. Casey was a wonderful principal who interacted with kids and adults so well. We all loved him. He is flying with those cardinals again! Skipper and Susan, you have my deepest sympathy and love for your family.
Christine Studer burkett
irving, TX
Mr. Casey was a friend to all students, whether or not we were in his class at Bowie. His presence gave a sense of stability and genuine kindness.
T Taylor
Arlington, TX
To the family of Arthur Clifford Casey: I would like to express my heartfelt condolence over the loss of your dear family member. I would like to share a comforting message from our Heavenly Father at Revelation 21:3, 4: "He [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." May you find comfort by 'throwing all your anxiety on him [God], because he cares for you.' (1 Peter 5:7) Again, please accept my sincere condolence and may the God of peace grant you comfort and peace. www.jw.org
Lynn Pike
Tulsa, OK
Skip,

I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was truly a member of the greatest generation and a great example to many young people who came into his life. i know you will miss him.
Janie Poole
Irving, TX
I remember the contest we had for KLIF Principal of the Year in 1963. I remember sitting on the floor in PE Class and writing what we were supposed to write for him to win. We were determined that he was going to win, which he did. Great man.
Suzette Cochran Lay
Greenville, TX
Skipper, I was so sad to hear about your dad's passing. I am sending my sympathy and prayers to your whole family. Your parents were so special to me and and everyone else who knew them. Mr. Casey was my principal in 6th grade, and I never forgot how kind he was.  Throughout all my school years in Irving, I never heard an unkind word about your mom and dad, and your mom was simply one in a million. I can't think of any other couple who impacted so positively the lives of so many students in Irving. I simply loved them both.
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