Casey Whitmer

casey whitmer

March 19, 1987 ~ July 26, 2023

Born in: Houston, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Casey Garrett Whitmer, 36, of College Station, Texas, passed away on July 26, 2023. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., August 5th, at Faith Bible Church. (1282 FM 2776, Bryan, Texas, 77807). The services will be conducted by Dean Endler of Faith Bible Church, and a fellowship celebration will follow. All are welcome to attend. Keith Whitmer, Casey’s brother, will lead the music in honor of Casey’s love of music.
Casey Whitmer was born in Houston, Texas, to Donna and Ted Whitmer. He was in a hurry to make his debut and was born within minutes of mom and dad arriving at the hospital. His pace never slowed as he was always in a hurry to take part in the essentials: play, eat, and get in trouble. When he was in trouble as a toddler and asked why he did something, his ever-ready answer was, “Because I did.” That summed him up.
Casey claimed, accurately, to have the best mama in the world, and her directive from dad when he had to be out of town was, “Don’t clean or cook; just keep the boy alive.” Casey’s boyish escapades left him so battered and bruised that his parents hesitated to let babysitters watch him because he appeared abused. Injury was a common theme with Casey, but that did not hamper his infectious smile that lit up any room. He was also known for his generous spirit, grace, positive attitude, and loyalty.
Casey played baseball at A&M Consolidated High School for two years followed by 2 years at Kilgore High School where he played for Tim Harkrider whom he admired and enjoyed playing for. Casey garnered many honors including all-district, District MVP, all-state, and he was named the most valuable high school baseball player in East Texas by the Longview News-Journal. Just after graduating from high school, Casey was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Instead of playing professional baseball, he signed at Florida State University and played his freshman year there as a pitcher. He then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin under Skip Johnson. That summer he played in the Texas Collegiate League for the Brazos Valley Bombers, where he was named the top professional prospect of the league by Baseball America. After playing his sophomore year at Texas, Casey was drafted by the Washington Nationals and played in the minor leagues for just over a year, until his career was shortened by injury. He returned to the University of Texas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree.
After graduation, Casey worked in commercial appraisal in Dallas and College Station following a short stint in education. Casey’s career was interrupted by his cancer diagnosis just over two and one-half years before his death. He was graciously attended to by Dr. Floyd of The Bryan Cancer Center and later by MD Anderson. Unsurprisingly, he was popular with the medical and hospital staff who enjoyed serving him because of his smile, grateful attitude and respectfulness.
Long before his cancer diagnosis, Casey trusted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He battled his cancer with the hope that others would come to know Jesus through his journey. He fought to live and to live for Jesus. His faith carried him through until the very end, and he fought until his last breath.
Casey is survived by his mother, Donna, his father, Ted, sister Carly Gonzalez and husband Eric Gonzalez, sister Kenzie Benden and husband Travis Benden (children Colt, Brantley, Joyanna, Rosalie), and brother Keith Whitmer and wife Reagan Whitmer. His sisters and brother, along with parents and friends, were dutifully and joyfully by his side at death, and spent his final hour singing hymns and praying over him. It was an epic send-off saturated in love. He is also survived by aunts and uncles, cousins, and many friends.
In lieu of donations or flowers for our family, please consider purchasing a bouquet of flowers or joining a subscription service for a loved one, at the time of your choosing, from Tricia Barksdale Designs. Tricia was a second mom to Casey and prayed fervently for him during his cancer journey and throughout his life. https://triciabarksdale.com/ or (979) 693-5387.
Casual wear is acceptable at his celebration of life. Casey loved his comfortable attire! Shorts, t-shirts, jerseys, and Astros gear are encouraged!

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  1. As the days and weeks pass and as you return to life’s routines, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. My deepest condolences. I am so sorry. Love, Debra Dorow Eckert

  2. My sincere condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of Casey’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  4. I am so so sorry to hear of Casey’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  5. Ted, Donna and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Casey. We know he is in a better place and one that we all hope will be able to be in one day. Sounds like he had a wonderful life and we know he had a tremendous family. Best wishes to the family.

  6. Beautifully written. There’s something so powerful about owning your actions with “Because I did”, even as a child. I will carry that lesson with me.

    Casey, we thank you for the light and love that you exuded while you were here. To know you was to love you. All of my memories of you are so warm and joyful, and that’s how I will remember you always. Though I know not of your struggles and what it was like to live a day in your shoes, I pray that your soul knows peace and unconditional love, and that you can experience the positive impact you had on others. We love you endlessly, in this lifetime and the next.

  7. Ted – Connie and I want to express our sorrow to your family for the loss of Casey. We are comforted by his faith and know you are as well. Jim and Connie Goodrich

  8. Praying for you and yours Ted. I always enjoyed your stories in class about becoming a batting coach and of course developing your own system. It appears that Casey had a good early mentor. I wonder if they have a batting cage in heaven for him. Peace be with you.

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss! Sending prayers to your family for peace and comfort during such an incredibly difficult time.

  10. Ted and family
    I’m filled with sorrow to find out that your son Casey passed away. I will pray for you and your family that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. I never met Casey, but it sounds like he was an unbelievable young man who blessed your lives immensely and I’m filled with gladness to know that he loved our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I will continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless and Pease be with you.

  11. Ted and family, our deepest condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Blessings always.

  12. I am deeply saddened to hear this news. My heart hurts for you Ted and your family. May God bless you all and keep you close during this difficult time.
    All my love, ~Nancy Dove

  13. My deepest sympathy on the passing of Casey. May you feel his presence close to you as you mourn his loss.
    May your faith console you and give you strength.

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time, Ted. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.

  15. Dear Ted and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Casey’s passing. You are, and will continue to be, in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Ted and family, I was saddened to hear of your son’s passing but happy to know he’s with Jesus. He fought hard and from what I’ve read was a joy to each one of you. Praying you’ll feel peace and the Lord’s comfort during this time️

  17. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that your strength in dealing with this tragedy will prevail through your faith in God. Bless you, Ted, and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

  18. I had the honor of being one of Casey’s nurses, and his smile and positive attitude were always a breath of fresh air. He had the ability to put people at ease, and he was an incredible person! He will be incredibly missed. Sending lots of prayers to his family and loved ones ❤️

  19. Ted and Family,
    May your faith and memories with Casey help you cope as you learn to navigate through the days that follow.

  20. We will be out of town this weekend but our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love to your beautiful family. The Lord is near.

  21. Casey was such an inspiration during his journey with cancer. He was most certainly met by Jesus with the words ‘…Well done my good and faithful servant…’ Matthew 25:21 ♥️✝️

  22. My condolences to the Whitmer family from David Grice and family. I’ll always cherish my friendship with Casey.

  23. Carly and Family,
    I’m thinking and praying of your family during this difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear brother. May the Lord continue to comfort and strengthen you.

  24. I am so sorry for your loss. I prayed for a miracle for your family often. Wishing you a lifetime of special memories.


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