LTC Lawrence King Casey, Jr., AUS (Ret.), a native of Brookline, Massachusetts is the son of the late Lawrence King Casey and Alice Annette Boultbee from Maine. He grew up in Codman Square Dorchester, and Lexington, MA, graduating from Lexington High School. LTC Casey completed his undergraduate work at Bucknell University, where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
At Bucknell University ROTC he was a Distinguished Military Graduate, the Commanding Officer Pershing Rifles Company M 5th Regiment, and a member of the sky diving team. He graduated from the Ordnance School, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, and the Air Defense Guided Missile School, Redstone Arsenal, AL. He graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College (USAR School Beaumont, TX).
Additionally, LTC Casey served on active duty as Commanding Officer 226th Ordnance Detachment (Guided Missile General Support-NIKE) Korea, and the Facility Commander Combined Field Maintenance Shop (NIKE) Lincoln, RI. His reserve duty included tours with CONARC, and TRADOC, at Fort Monroe, VA; and with DARCOM at Fort Eustis, VA.
LTC Casey is now retired after 42 years in process control, and project management with ExxonMobil Chemical Company (a heritage Mobil employee). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He has resided in Beaumont Texas the past 49 years, and owns the Lucky Shamrock Ranch, Fredericksburg, Texas, where he raises Angus Cattle.
Mr. Casey is a member of St Paul’s –Algonquin Lodge in Braintree, MA. He is a Past Worshipful Master of Beaumont Lodge #286, Texas. In the York Rite he presided over Beaumont Chapter #188 Royal Arch Masons, Beaumont Council #126 Royal and Select Masters, Beaumont Commandery #38 Knight Templars, Southeast Texas York Rite College #90, and San Felipe Conclave Red Cross of Constantine. He served as District Deputy in the Grand Lodge, Grand Chapter, and Grand Council of Texas. He was honored with the Order of the Purple Cross, and the Knight York Cross of Honor. He is currently serving as Recorder of San Felipe Conclave, and Representative of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts near the Grand Lodge of Texas.
In the Scottish Rite he presided over San Felipe Lodge of Perfection, Galveston Chapter of Rose Croix, Galveston Council Knights Kadosh, and Galveston Consistory. He is a member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He received the 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary, 19 Nov 1975.
He is an Amateur Member in the United Country Western Dance Council, winning two Pro-Am World Championships in Nashville with Shawna Dysart of Houston, and one in Sweden with Lisa McIntyre of Calgary. He won an Irish Championship with Susan Kirklin of Austin.
He is an Amateur Member of the National Dance Council of America and currently competing in International Latin Pro-Am with Milana Pliner of Houston. He has competed in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, and Texas, winning several Championships.
He also holds membership in the Ferrari Club of America (F-458 Spider and 612 Scaglietti), the Beaumont Country Club, the Country Music Association Nashville (Drummer), Ima Hogg Ceramic Circle Houston (past Treasurer)(expertise in English Wedgwood and Irish Belleek), the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels by Governor Paul E Patton, Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry, Honorary Tennessean by Governor Bill Haslam, the Military Officer’s Association of America, and life membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Mr. Casey has been granted Irish arms by the Chief Herald of Ireland. The Arms are registered with the NEHGS Heraldry Committee and the Armorial Register #330.
During the petition process, the heraldic design was done by Micheal Comain, and the art by Philip Mackey, both of the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland, Colette O' Flaherty.
The field of the shield is parted per fess embattled to reflect Lieutenant Commander Casey's military career. The single charge is a very exact reference to his name. Casey/O'Casey/Cathasaigh which derives from cathasach meaning "watchful".
The crane, in legend, stands holding a rock in one foot so that should he sleep the rock will fall and wake him. He is, then, the symbol of watchfulness and is known heraldically as a crane in his vigilance.
The armiger's eligibility to bear Irish arms is based on his dual Irish citizenship and lineal descent from his father Lawrence King Casey of Portland in the State of Maine (USA), the grandson of William Henry Casey of Cahirciveen in the county of Kerry, and his great-grandfather Daniel Casey (1833-1936) of Cahirciveen in the county of Kerry.
The crest is a distillatory - in everyday language, a still and alludes to the chemical engineering familiar in Ireland.
Above the shield is the motto Tairgeann Dua Sean Agus Fad Saoil (Hard work produces prosperity/blessing and a long life), and beneath the shield Tairgeann dua rath (Hard work produces good fortune). These mottoes are based on a statement by great grandfather Daniel Casey of Cahirciveen, who became at the time Irelands oldest farmer, and when asked what he contributed his longevity he replied "hard work in the open air".
The armiger possesses three badges, the first: Enfiling a sprig of laurel Proper an ancient crown Or represents the families of Lawrence/Laurence and King.
The surname Lawrence or Laurence derives from laurel, so the armiger chose sprig of laurel enfiled by (passing through) an ancient crown representing the name of King. A reminder of the armiger’s paternal great grandmother Anastasia Lawrence of county Kilkenny, and great grandfather Patrick King of county Clare.