Michael Paul Casey
Michael always said “We’re here for a good time, not a long time” and he lived life by that motto.
He wore many hats throughout the years; a finish carpenter, contractor, ski patrolman, avocado rancher, backpacker, surfer, pilot, stained glass artist, Australian Outback clothing importer, teepee dweller, sports coach, engineering mentor, world traveler, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and restaurant owner (BeBop Burgers), to name just a few.
Michael was always the life of the party and a terrific host. He loved people and getting together with family and friends, never hesitating to go out of his way to make sure that everybody was happy and taken care. His“Dad jokes” and sayings were common and heard often. He was a connoisseur of wine and food, loved good music and good times. The many people he has touched throughout the years will miss him dearly. He was a pure hearted man with a lot of love, energy and ambition.
Michael was born on April 23, 1955 in Pasadena to Paul H. Casey and Shirley Gaffers Casey. He became a caring, loving and giving husband, father, uncle and friend to many. He is survived by his wife Nancy (married in 1990), son Taylor, daughter Analicia, father Paul, brother Tim (Louise), sister Maureen (Marlin), brother-in-law Rudy Michael (Corine) and sisters-in-law Silvia and Yolanda (Art) as well as many nephews and nieces, and a great number of friends.
Michael passed away on March 16 after a two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. He left this world with his family by his bedside in the beautiful house that he built in the Santa Barbara foothills while his son sang and played to him one of his favorite songs -“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd. We all wish you were here Mike!
Should friends desire; a donation may be sent in his memory to Dos Pueblos High School Engineering Academy.
The family plans to honor Michael with a Celebration of Life in Santa Barbara during Memorial Day weekend.