1952 - 1969
Joseph Martin Casper lived a meaningful life, cut short at the age of 17 two weeks after receiving a serious spinal injury in a high school football game. Joe was born October 31, 1952 to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Casper and was raised in the Yakima Valley. At the time of his death in 1969, he was a junior at Highland High School in Cowiche.
Joe was an all sport letterman as well as an A student. He had been in his third year on the football team and led the team in scoring in 1968. Joe was also involved in basketball earning the role of starting forward as a sophomore. He scored 325 points in 23 games for a14.1 average and helped lead his team to the Valley A League championship and a trip to the state tournament in Tacoma. He was an honorable mention pick on the All-Valley basketball team.
Joe was active in other school programs and was a member of Young Life and the YMCA. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award for Scholarship from the American Legion in 1967. Joe loved the great outdoors. Fishing and hiking in the mountains were his passion, along with sports! The athletic field at Highland High was dedicated in his honor in 2005.
Joseph Casper was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Casper, brothers Lyle and Michael and two sisters, Mary (Ron) Zirkle and Barbara (Gary) Marquardt.
The Joe Casper Memorial Scholarship was created by friends and family of Joe to recognize talented graduates of Highland High School that have involved themselves in school and community activities.