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Donald Clarke Casey

January 29, 2016

Buxton-Donald Clarke Casey, 77, died in his home in Buxton on Friday evening, January 29, 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Louise (Holbert) Casey and his four children: Jean-Louise (Casey) Dixon and her husband David of Buxton; John D. Casey and his wife Kimberly of Carlsbad, CA; Michael C. Casey and his wife Ansley of Manteo, NC; and Ellyn Clare Casey of Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Born and raised in Johnson, Nebraska, the son of D. Clarke Casey and Lois (Carle) Casey, he was a longtime resident of Alexandria, Virginia until his retirement to Buxton in 2006.

Mr. Casey attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1961 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  In 1964 he earned his Law Degree from the University of Nebraska as well.  He earned his LLM in Patent Law from George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1966.  He met his wife Louise in Lincoln where they were married.  In 1964, he joined the JAG Corps of the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1969 as a Captain.  He served in the Pentagon for his entire military career.

Mr. Casey practiced patent law in Washington, D. C. and Alexandria, Virginia for his entire career.  He was active in local politics, serving on the Alexandria, Virginia City Council for three terms from 1977 to 1986.  He retired from private practice in 2006.  He was a member of the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

During his later years Mr. Casey’s two passions were his gardening and his grandchildren.  Mr. Casey is survived by eleven grandchildren:  Jacob, Noah and Jonah Dixon of Buxton; Connor and Nora Casey of Carlsbad, CA; Fletcher, Wallace and Bryson Casey of Manteo, NC and Hayden Harper and Oliver and Elliott Barker of Kill Devil Hills, NC.

He volunteered at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, NC.  He was also active in the Cape Hatteras Masonic Lodge 698, serving as Master of the chapter at the time of his death.

A memorial will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 3:00 pm at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Avon, North Carolina.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund at PO Box 750, Avon, NC  27915.