Casey Allen Luffman
  • 19 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 27, 1990
  • Date of passing: Apr 6, 2009
Let the memory of Casey be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Casey Luffman, 19, born on February 27, 1990 and passed away on April 6, 2009. We will remember him forever.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at the East Line Street Cemetery for 16-year Inyo County resident Casey Allen “The Casenator” Luffman. Chris and Dee Dee Costello will officiate and a reception will follow. A viewing will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 at Brune Mortuary in Bishop. 

Born in Palm Springs on Feb. 27, 1990, Casey died April 6, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev. He was 19. The cause of Casey’s death was complications of his dilated cardio-myopathy (enlarged heart). His little heart just could not keep his body going and gave up. 

Casey was a senior at Bishop Union High School and would have graduated this year. Sadly his life was cut short. In August 2008 he was life flighted to Fresno’s children’s Hospital and diagnosed with a heart condition that eventually took his precious gift from all who knew him. 

Casey loved playing video games, his music, his friends and his space. Casey lived life on “his” terms, no matter if others thought “his” terms were right or wrong. Casey never left anyone guessing what was on his mind; sometimes he could be “brutally honest” if he didn’t like something someone cooked or bought him. In those times his mom wanted to go into hiding, when others laughed. Even though Casey had special needs, he was very smart and was very intelligent beyond his years with his perceptions. 

Casey loved animals. He was learning how to play guitar and wanted to be a professional game tester for Sony, a rock star and he even considered working at a pet store so he could spend time with animals. Some of his favorite music artists were Disturbed, Metalica, Iron Maiden and Mudvayne. 

It seems no matter where Casey went, everyone knew him and said “hi” to him. He was a gift, a hero and a miracle to his Mom, Gina. She told him this often. They shared a bond that many could see when they were together. Casey bought so many gifts for Gina. He gave her knowledge that only he could reach her. 

Casey worked hard to overcome many hurdles and always seemed to achieve. The achievements might not have been in the manner or time professionals thought he would or would not achieve, but Casey still managed to achieve. Sometimes the family referred to his mannerisms as “Casey-isms.” His family and friends always accepted Casey for who he was and not what society thought he “should” be. This was one of the gifts of living in a small community. Not many scrutinized Casey. If they did, Casey had a lot of students and others watching out for him. 

“Never forget Casey,” the family said. This is one thing that all of you can do for our family. Casey was the most amazing person we knew, who lived life on his terms. He was a sweet person with an attitude that no one wanted to see, but now the family would trade anything to see his spark and explosion.” 

“The most amazing thing about my son,” his mother said, “is God didn’t give him to someone else. God chose me. I thank God that he gave me Casey for 19 years, although I was hoping for many more years to come. Please never forget Casey.” 

Casey was preceded in death by his grandparents, Claude Luffman and Rose Lyle. 

He is survived by his mother, Gina Luffman of Bishop; siblings, Michael Luffman of Chalfant, Jessicah Luffman of Chalfant and Bishop and Kristena Matthew of Seattle, Wash.; aunt and uncle, Bonnie and Bruce Fuller of Idaho; aunt, Carolyn Sundh of Montana; uncle, Louis Cannata of Southern California; aunt and uncle, Ann Marie and Todd Wilkinson of Arizona; grandparents, Lou Cannata of San Diego and Darlene Walker of Arizona; and many family members throughout the U.S. 

He was also the son of the late Gary Pierce Luffman. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Gina Luffman on 8th March 2016

"Hi Casey,
I am always thinking about you. I can't stop thinking about you. I can't believe it's been nearly 7 years since you've left us? In my heart, it feels like it happened yesterday...There are NO words to describe how much I miss you! I love you so much Casey. This is not what I had planned for your life. I Love you Casey!


This tribute was added by Julie Webster Patten on 15th April 2015

"Casey you are a beautiful little boy although I never met you i feel as tho we have met,   your beautiful face And beautiful eyes Rip beautiful angel xxxx"

This tribute was added by Frances Kuren on 9th February 2014

"Casey even though your life was short you were bigger than life. Your story will live on forever. You have inspired me to live life to the fullest and I thank you. You are amoung the stars and one of my angels I will meet someday. R.I.P. Casey... XO"

This tribute was added by Gina Luffman on 26th February 2013

"Hi Casey!  Tomorrow is your birthday and I really miss you!  I wish you were here! :'( Happy Birthday CASEY!  I LOVE YOU!!!!
Mom <3"

This tribute was added by Timothy Phillips on 24th February 2013

"Casey, I never knew you but I know your mother. I know that you were a good kid, trying to get along in this world and then life happened. I am so sorry that this happened to you and Gina, I am sorry. Casey...Rest With God.."

This tribute was added by Gina Luffman on 23rd February 2013

"Casey, you are My Hero. I miss you more than words can say. You are my Little Boy, taken away too soon. We were not done yet. I will forever miss you and ALWAYS Love you. I wish you were here so desperately.  I Love you Casey.

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