This is a tribute page to Casey Bauer Wheat
Oct 13 1970 / May 28 2020

We'd love to hear a short message about Casey in the comments below.

Thank you,
~ The Wheat Family

⚡ Forever Wheaty ⚡

It’s hard for all us to imagine our lives without Casey. He touched each and every one of us in his own special way. Casey was a connector and his friendships ran deep and wide. Those of us fortunate enough to have spent time with him will always share that special bond. When blessed with his presence there was always a feeling that hit you deep inside your heart and soul.

I think we can all agree Casey was one of a kind and bigger than life. His smile. His style, in and out of the water was effortless and confident. His deep love and connection with music. Always dancing to the beat of his own drum. His wisdom and knowledge of the world and love for culture. His compassion for everyone. His mad fashion was next level. Only Casey could rock plaid pants, pink Adidas, a satin bomber jacket and his signature hat … tilted just his way. His walk and swagger could be spotted a block away. His signature whistle always got you pumped when hearing it in the line-up on an epic day. His wit and humor. His passion for surfing. Teaching kids and people from all over the world how to surf. That genuine connection he made with everyone that crossed his path. No one made you feel more loved. Even meeting someone for the first time he radiated energy that felt as if he knew them a lifetime. He had an aura about him that was angelic and powerful. Everyone was family.

His passion for life will carry on through all our beautiful memories we each share of him. The days ahead will feel empty and challenging for us all, but deep down we all know Casey will be by our side and he would want us to keep our heads up, always be positive, and love each other. God Bless ~ Scooter

– Forever Wheatie

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  • Kim Busch
    October 15, 2020 - 2:32 pm · Reply

    Wheat-Thin! I remember walking into my 3rd High School my Junior year at HBHS, where I had been tossed around a couple High Schools in Texas. I was looking forward to attending a High School for two year in a row. I remember meeting Casey between classes and thinking thank god I am not the tallest person here. He had a swagger that I had never seen, plus I was from another country :). Casey was always so stoked to see me and made me feel comfortable at a new school and soon found out my last name. I realized that everyone at HB called everyone by their last names, so Casey would always say, ” What’s up Busch?” There were lots of comments about my last name and it was actually really funny. We were not extremely close in HS, but every single time I saw him he was a bright light, always smiling, and always made me feel welcome to this new weird wonderful High School.

    After HBHS I would run into him on Main Street once in a while, back when everything was still 2 stories and old, and again he would always scream Busch!! He always had a smile and a laugh that was contagious.

    Recently, I went to the 30th HS reunion for class of 1989 and I was hoping that I would run into him while in California (I moved back to Texas after nine eleven), but did not. I was stoked that he had started a business and was becoming successful, so I wanted to support him during the COVID crap, so I started purchasing tee shirts on line. Every package I would be so happy with the shirts and so was my husband. Casey always danced to his own drum, did not care what others thought, and had mad style. I looked up to that, literally. RIP Wheat!💕

    Wheat-Thin you will be missed!

  • Patrick D MCCARTHY
    October 18, 2020 - 3:12 am · Reply

    I just want to remember old HB and Jeff Scott Albert Taylor and casey wheat as teenagers we charged it. the long dog days of summer.

  • Lucy Crabtree
    October 21, 2020 - 5:32 pm · Reply

    My family met Casey and his grandmother Nell, when he and my son played on the same soccer team. We lived close to each other and Nell helped me with carpooling the boys to the nightly soccer practices at Smith school field.
    Later, Casey moved in with his grandparents Nell and Cecil, who also influenced his life. Casey then attended Smith School where my kids Joey had Delaney attended. Casey and Delaney reconnected and Casey was a regular,
    hanging out at our place. He was a fun kid…Mazzotti’s and Taco Bell were his favorite foods. As life is, after high school the kids went down their own paths. But from time to time, in passing, I’d run into Casey and ALWAYS got my big hug and an update. It was an honor and pleasure to have known Casey a d to have had him in our lives those wonderful impressionable years. Years I will always cherish. Casey was the best little kid and he grew up to be the best son to Steve and Benita. He loved so much and waskved back. Casey will always be remembered in my heart. Steve, you are always in my thoughts.
    You are much loved
    So much love. Lucy

  • Thaddeus Sanchez
    December 16, 2020 - 9:49 am · Reply

    From the moment I met Casey, to the last time I ever talked to him, he was so loving and kind, his demeanor never changing. I met Casey at SOKFY last fall, my friend worked at SOKFY and had told me I should check out the shop. I called one of my buddies and we decided to go check out SOKFY. Not knowing what to expect, we walked into the store and were greeted by Casey. Right away, he was so kind, and he didn’t just say hi, he made conversation. Asked us where we were from, how we were doing. It was all so effortless. He made me feel like I had just bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen in a couple years but had known my whole life. After that night, every time I went to SOKFY, the conversations with him ran longer, and deeper. There was just something about him. You immediately felt like you could trust him. You looked into his eyes and instantly knew he had you back. It got to the point where I wouldn’t go to the shop to buy something, but just to talk to him. It took me a long time to figure out why he always spent so much time talking to me and my friend. We were just customers. Was he just trying to make a sale? No. He was trying and succeeding to connect with the people from his community and spread his love and passion for fashion and surfing. Something I’ll never forget, was a time around the new year of 2020 some friends were visiting from Australia, naturally we all went to Pacific City as they had never been. As we were walking to the food court we passed SOKFY, and I couldn’t help but peek into the store, and there was Casey, he looked over at me and said “Hey Thaddeus!” All I remember thinking was “He remembered my name?” I couldn’t believe it. He made everyone feel so loved, and did it so effortlessly. I’ll never forget the last time I saw him. My friend and I went in to see him and shop, and my friend was leaving for a mental health facility the following day, and he felt comfortable enough to tell Casey. I remember being there as my friend told Casey about what had been happening, and Casey sat there attentively, listening to every word he said. He told my friend, that he wanted him to call him the minute he got out of the hospital because he wanted to hear about his experience. Shortly after that day, while my friend was gone, I had heard the sad truth, Casey was gone. I didn’t know what to think, but this man, who I had first seen as the owner, had so quickly gained my trust, and so quickly became my friend, who inspired me to start surfing again, was gone. Whether we were just talking to Casey at the shop, whether he was showing us new designs he had come up with, or if he was helping us decide what to buy, he always made us feel welcome, loved, and we miss seeing and talking to him everyday.
    Thank you Casey, for being so kind, welcoming, inspiring, and for always showing love.
    -Ryan and Thaddeus

  • Thaddeus Sanchez
    February 18, 2021 - 12:15 pm · Reply

    I still remember the first time I met Casey. A friend of mine worked at Sport of Kings and told me to come by the shop. I did, and Casey happened to be working. Immediately he was so friendly, and welcoming. I ended up talking to him for about an hour. From that point on every time I went in to SOKFY, he was always so friendly and I always felt like I could talk to him about anything. There was something special about him, he was so good at connecting with people. Something that stood out to me was he always knew my name. Out of all the customers that went through that store he remembered my name. I was always excited to go to SOKFY, not to shop, but to talk to Casey. To tell him about anything happening in my life. He was so wise, and I knew that from the moment I met him. He had an intense knowledge of this crazy thing we call life. His story is one of the most inspiring ones I’ve heard, and he presents himself as a solid role model. I still wish I could talk to him at the shop. I miss talking to him about the beach, clothing designs, and life. He knew I loved clothing designs, and whenever I went to the shop he’d show me his latest creation, or something he was working on. I still remember the last time I saw him clearly. We talked for probably 2 hours and he showed me some new designs he was working on. I thought it was awesome how he was so excited to share his designs with me and show me things on the computer, and different patches he had designed. To Casey, thank you for always being so kind hearted and welcoming, thank you for being such an inspiration to me and many others and for sharing your story with the world, thank you for always treating me like family from the moment you met me, and for continuing to treat me like family until the last time I saw you. You remain a true inspiration to me, and I’m always thinking about you when I put SOKFY on.
    Forever Wheaty🤙🏾