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Al Casey Al Casey, 69, passed peacefully on September 17, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Maxine Casey; sister, Sharon James; sons, Al, Jr., Mike and Lee Casey; daughters, Diana Rose, Sandra Blevens, and Colleen Maranello; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Born on October 26, 1936, Al was raised in Phoenix. He began his music career at an early age and became successful as an artist, songwriter and guitar player. He then moved to Los Angeles, CA to work with such Greats as Elvis Presley, Duanne Eddy, Dean Marin, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Glen Campbell. He returned to Phoenix to share his talents by teaching. Al was honored by induction to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. The world has suffered a great loss with his passing. Al will always be remembered as one of the great musicians of our time. A graveside service will be held at 3pm Friday, September 22 at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., Phoenix. The family will be hosting a wake for family and friends on Saturday, September 23, from 12 Noon - 5:00 p.m. at The Phoenix Musicians Union 586, 12th Street & Oak in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing a music scholarship funds in his name. Donations can be made to: Al Casey Music Scholarship Fund, 904 Timberside Drive Nolensville , TN 37135 . Messinger Indian School Mortuary assisted with arrangements.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 20, 2006
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