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        1.     Eric Hoenes del Pinal , Obituary: Eugene Homer Casad

Message 1: Obituary: Eugene Homer Casad
Date: 07-Feb-2011
From: Eric Hoenes del Pinal <>
Subject: Obituary: Eugene Homer Casad
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Eugene Homer Casad was born in Escondido, California on November 17, 1941,and passed from this life in Sherman, Texas on February 1, 2011, havingstruggled with chronic lymphocytic leukemia for many years. Gene graduatedfrom Escondido High School in 1959, received a Bachelor’s degree from BiolaUniversity in 1964, and earned a PhD in linguistics from the University ofCalifornia at San Diego in 1981. He spent his adult life analyzing anddescribing a minority language spoken by Cora people in western Mexico. Hewrote and edited numerous books and articles on the Cora language andaspects of Cognitive Linguistic theory. His works have been published inseveral countries. Until his recent decline in health he had been teachinglinguistics in Gdansk, Poland.

With the help of native speakers of Cora, he translated the New Testamentinto two variants of the Cora language. He taught Cora speakers how to readand write their native tongue and has gathered a large amount of data to bemade into a dictionary of the language. He also gathered folklore data,putting into writing the oral literature of the people. He traveled to manycountries, giving lectures, teaching classes, and leading workshops. He wasa member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL, a faith-based linguisticorganization. He was a member of Emmanuel Faith Community Church inEscondido, California.

The last few years of his life he lived in Whitesboro, Texas. He waspreceded in death by his parents, Ralph E. and Alice (Christenson) Casad ofEscondido, and his brother Golmer Casad. He is survived by his wife, BettyM. (Davis) Casad of Whitesboro, Texas, a son Rolf Casad of Conway,Arkansas, a daughter Sandra Joy Casad-Villalba of Richmond, Virginia, ninegrandchildren, two sisters, Martha Barker of Salem, Oregon and MaryAnnCampos of Raleigh, North Carolina, and a brother, Lee Casad of Escondido,California.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, February 6th at 2:00 pm CST atMeador Funeral Home in Whitesboro, Texas, and interment will be in theWhitesboro cemetery. Gene’s life was rich with wonderful experiences, butthe eternal life he is now experiencing is infinitely richer.

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