Alfred Casey Officer, a longtime resident of Prineville, passed away unexpectedly on
January 12, 2019. He was 78. A graveside service for family members and close friends
was held at Juniper Haven Cemetery in June, 2019.
Casey was born to Ruland Officer and Florine Langevin on December 15,1940 in Burns,
Oregon. As a child, Casey was raised solely by his Dad. Times were difficult after the
Great Depression and they moved frequently as his Dad found work on different
ranches in Oregon. Casey spent 6 months living in a cave in the Steens Mountains with
his Dad and Uncle Rock as they mined Cinnabar. They eventually settled in Lakeview,
Oregon where Casey attended school, joined the Boy Scouts and earned Eagle Scout
ranking. He played basketball and lettered in track at Lakeview High School, graduating
in 1960. He then completed trade school and began his work in construction.
One day while fishing with his buddies, Casey had a chance meeting with his future
wife, Helene Zabroski. She was struggling to stay afloat while swimming in a local lake
and he pulled her into his boat. They married in 1962 after Helene graduated from
Lakeview High School. The couple lived in Marysville, CA after their wedding and the
following year purchased a home in Elmira, Oregon where they started a family. Casey
worked as a construction framer in the surrounding areas until his job took him to
Central Oregon. The family of 5 settled in Prineville in 1972.
Casey continued his construction work in the surrounding areas of Central Oregon,
working on commercial and residential buildings. He was also able to pursue his love of
rock hounding, prospecting every free moment that he had. Family camping was a
weekly event when weather permitted. Casey and his Dad supplied the "Made In
Oregon" stores with their cut and polished thundereggs for many years and he
eventually took over and maintained his Dad's thunderegg mine in the Ochoco
Mountains. Casey was also well known for his beautiful lapidary work that he sold
annually at the Prineville Rock Hound Pow-Wow. His years of retirement were spent
enjoying time with Helene, trips to Reno and Arizona, rock hounding, camping and
many poker games with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening and the
companionship of his many adopted dogs over the years, Snow, Spike, Lucky, Sadie
Casey was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Helene, his Dad, Ruland Officer
and stepmother, Pearl Officer. He is greatly missed by his three children, Casey Officer,
Deborah Officer Shaw and Diana Officer (Jim), grandchildren Deborah Najara (Jon),
Kevin Officer Combs, Jake McCoy, Jared McCoy and one great grandchild, Camila
Najara, sisters Linda Lea Mac Issac, Amy Metcalf (Ron), Susie Whitman, and Joann
Couch, as well as many nephews. Remembrances may be made to the Humane
Society of the Ochocos.
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