Monday , January 21, 2013 - 8:49 AM
Chrestino Casias of Clearfield will celebrate his 80th birthday. Family and friends may attend a celebration in his honor from 1 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Golden Hours Senior Center, 650 25th St., Ogden. Music will be provided by the Dorothy Covio Trio + 3, of which he is a member.
He was born Jan. 28, 1933, in Ignacio, Colo., to Chrestino and Benedita Casias. After graduating from Ignacio High School in 1951, he came to Utah and has lived in this area, except for the 38 months he spent in the Army from 1953 to 1956. He achieved the rank of sergeant first class.
He started working for Pacific Fruit Express in 1953. It later became the Union Pacific Fruit Express. He retired in June 1995 as general foreman agent.
He has been married twice. In December 1992, he married a lifetime acquaintance Lillian Atencio Thiele of Ignacio.
His children are Anthony Casias, Kristine Casias, Paul and Raylene Casias, and Rorrie and Shannon Casias. His stepchildren are Mary Helen Reyes, Rick and Marge Thiele, Jeff and Christi Thiele, Terry and Cindy Thiele, and Steve and Stefanie Thiele.
He also has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He graduated from Weber College in 1960 with an Associate of Arts degree.
He had two brothers and two sisters. Only a sister remains: Ophelia Mestas of Ignacio, Colo.
Music has inspired him all his life. For the past 30 years, he has been a volunteer at the Washington Terrace Senior Center and Golden Hours Senior Center, where he plays saxophone.