Donald John Casey, Dvm Obituary

Donald John Casey, DVM

Paradise Valley – Donald John Casey, DVM of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, AZ, died on January 12, 2022, at the age of 97, while a resident of the retirement community, Vi @ Silverstone in Scottsdale. Thank you to the whole team for making his days so rich and filled with love. He was predeceased by our mother, LaDeane Casey, who passed away on December 1, 2018.

Our father was a decorated WWII combat sailor (Pacific Theater), private pilot, accomplished large and small animal veterinarian, and third-generation Iowa farmer. He was the last survivor of a band of six brothers and two sisters. Dad was a beloved gentleman farmer and veterinarian. With a smile and a wink, he used to say, “I’ve never really worked a day in my life because I love what I do and even get paid for it!” Dad was a humble man but received many awards and held various titles in his profession. Her daily mission was to make the people and animals in her life feel better. He always had a kind word and a compliment for everyone he met. Halfway through life, mom and dad (at age 50) moved the family from Iowa to Paradise Valley, AZ. “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” He continued to practice veterinary medicine for 25 years in Arizona, starting several small animal clinics until his retirement. He was also a longtime volunteer for the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul, attended daily mass at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Eucharistic minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, enjoyed golf and spent many hours actively watching his grandchildren’s sporting and school events. .

Dad’s greatest pride and joy was his family. He is survived by his children: Kent (Amy); Robert; Diane Casey Maloney (Kevin Ahern); Donna (Bruce) Tait; and Marc (Caroline). Also, by his son-in-law, Craig Larsen (daughter Janice Casey deceased); his nine grandchildren Dylan (Liz) and Brook Casey; WJ, Sean (Kerri) and Connor Maloney (Peyton Jackson); Kelleen and Greg (Kass) Tait; and Charlotte and Ruby Casey. Dad had three great-granddaughters: Ella and Harper Casey; and Madison Maloney. A service and burial will be held in Iowa during the summer of 2022. There will be no local services.

Instead of flowers or donations, the family asks you to “do what dad would do.” Tell the next person you meet that they’re awesome! They are beautiful! Tell your family you love them. Give the people around you a reason to feel good every day. This is his true legacy.

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Posted on January 14, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic