Owen LaVerne Caskey(1925 - 2014)

Owen LaVerne Caskey, 88, peacefully passed away at home on February 20, 2014. He was born March 10, 1925, in Corsicana, Texas, to Price H. and Esma Caskey. Owen grew up in Texas and graduated from Lubbock High School in 1941. He served in the United States Navy from 1942- 1946. Upon returning from the Pacific, he obtained a Master's degree from Texas Tech. Owen and his first wife, Billie Jo Jones, moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1950. He taught psychology at Colorado A & M University from 1950-1957, after which he began a career as an industrial psychologist in Dallas, Texas, working for Rohrer-Hibler and Replogle. Owen's love of teaching led him to return to academia, where he spent the rest of his career. He was a professor of Educational Psychology and an administrator at Texas Tech University from 1964 until his "first" retirement in 1981. Owen and Shirley married in 1981, and moved to El Paso, Texas, where he worked as a psychologist for the El Paso Independent School District until he retired in 1988. After this, he and Shirley loved traveling all over the world and eventually settled in their favorite place, Cloudcroft, New Mexico. In 2002, they moved to Boise Idaho, which they quickly grew to love. Throughout their retirement, they enjoyed volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, were active members of their church, and cherished learning, exploring, and being outdoors.

Owen is survived by his children Deborah Caskey and husband John Kipp of El Paso, Texas; Kay Mantooth and husband Mike of Boise, Idaho; Mark Lubianski and wife Sharon of Corpus Christi, Texas ; and grandchildren Evan Kipp of El Paso, Texas; Kelli, Blake, and Katie Mantooth of Boise Idaho; and Gregory Lewis and Paige Lubianski of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Shirley; daughter Leigh Ann Caskey; and son Bryan Lubianski.

His family is especially appreciative of the love and encouragement given by his guardian angel and the Alzheimer's Support Group, led by Jim Clayton. We are also very thankful for the care received in his final days from At Home Care and Hearts for Hospice. A graveside service is planned for family and friends on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM at The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. An open house will follow at his daughter's home from 2:30-4:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the or to your favorite educational institution. Condolences may be left for the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com.

Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 27 to Mar. 26, 2014