News of Chris Casad’s death came as a shock to many of us in
the Kitsap Sun’s newsroom.
Casad, the longest-serving member of the Kitsap County
Prosecutor’s Office, was someone we could always count on to point
us in the right direction when working on the courthouse beat. To
echo sentiments in our Friday story, he was always kind, helpful
and extremely knowledgeable.
Last Friday night, I had a conversation with fellow longtime
deputy prosecutor Kevin Kelly. Kelly told me Casad took him under
his wing when he started at the office two decades ago; the pair
prosecuted murder suspects together and Casad helped him learn the
Casad also put in a lot of time in his community. Kelly said he
could often be found “flipping pancakes and grilling hot dogs,”
As a lawyer, Casad worked best as an investigator and as the
state’s lawyer, he said. While he had friends in the defense
community — the above photo was taken with Bill Crawford (right), a
long time public defender who retired last year — he preferred a
side, Kelly said.
At 5 p.m. May 5, the fruits of their labor will be completed at
the ribbon cutting for the “Counselor’s Corner.”
Plans for the memorial include a concrete “swirl” of cement
forming a bench that’s decorated with yellow school buses and
Jolly Rancher candies.
Deborah Baker, a member of the committee for the memorial, said
Monday that both the buses and the candies “reflect pieces of
“He met those buses every single morning to welcome kids to
school … in the rain, snow, wind, blackness…he was always there,”
she said. “He will also forever be remembered for handing out Jolly
Ranchers to kids to help them through a rough spot, brighten their
day, celebrate their accomplishments or just because.”
McKinstry’s son, Garrett McKinstry, was found to be legally
insane at the time of killing his father, and remains indefinitely
at Western State Hospital.
Today at about 3:20 p.m., Kitsap County’s 911 dispatchers
broadcast something out of the ordinary that caught our
Dispatchers at Central Communications put out three tones —
normally the beeps reserved to alert cops to an in-progress crime —
in honor of John Jeremy Taylor, 25.
It was a fitting tribute to a man who I can say was very good at
Taylor worked as a dispatcher and supervisor at CenCom. I had
the privilege of meeting him several times on the job and off it.
Aside from being a stellar dispatcher, he was a charming and
friendly guy who, as his obituary said, “spent his whole life
helping and serving others.”
To read his obituary in the Kitsap Sun, click here.