John Casey Jr. passed away January 27, 2013 in Hoopa, CA; he was 54 years old.John was born February 7, 1958 in Hoopa, CA to John Casey and Ethel Nixon-Garcia. John was a proud member of the Hupa Tribe. He received his GED from Kicking Horse Job Corps in Montana when he was 17 years old.Later in life he was able to attend community college in Stockton, CA and received a certificate in Computer Sciences. John married Dena Grate in August of 1976 and in June of 1978 their daughter Amber was born. John had a variety of jobs through the years; ranging from Ray's Food Place, Sierra Pacific Industries and Jones Construction where he worked as a cement finisher, helping to build Pelican Bay Prison with his father and brother, Ben. John was a member of the JROTC at Eureka High. He liked cars, and driving them fast! He also enjoyed playing pool.In his younger years he played in the local men's league softball teams.John had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh.He was big hearted and would help you with anything he could. John's greatest achievement was his daughter, Amber.He was always there for her; rather it be to set her straight, make her laugh or be her rock. John is survived by his daughter Amber Casey and granddaughter Rayvn Sovereign of Eureka; mother Ethel Nixon-Garcia of Hoopa; Anna & Dwayne Myers of Happy Camp; Evonne & Louis Downs-Wolf of Hoopa; Tim & Marcy Casey of Hoopa; Ben Casey of Eureka; Kelly Lundy of Eureka. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. John is preceded in death by his grandfather George Nixon Sr., grandmother Eva Luddington, father John Casey, step father Joe Garcia, former wife Dena Grate-Morris, sister Joy Casey-Ingram, nephew Sequoi Myers. Pallbearers are Stuart Rosenburg, Frank Henry, Robert Claybon Jr., Stumpy Blake, George Johnson and Travis Sovereign. Honorary pallbearers are Tim Casey Sr., Ben Casey, Tim Casey Jr., Chris Casey, Canyon Hodge, Sunny Gibson, Fred Trimble, Dylan Meyers, Chris Hunter, Jeremy Canfield, OT Blake, Thomas Blake, Richard McCready, Dennis Jackson, Dave Drake, Byron Hostler, Bando Ferris, Butch Reed, Dwight Hostler, Loren Norton and Kenny Norton. A viewing will be held Thursday January 31, 2013 from 12pm to 3pm at Sanders Funeral Home, 1835 E St Eureka, CA.Services will follow Thursday evening at 6pm. Friday February 1, 2013 services will be held in Hoopa, CA at 11am at The Blessed Kateri Catholic Church on Blair Rd, off Pine Creek Rd. Internment and reception to immediately follow services. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2013