Category Archives: Obituaries

Chris Casad was ‘A Born Prosecutor’

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 ropes.

Casad also put in a lot of time in his community. Kelly said he could often be found “flipping pancakes and grilling hot dogs,” Kelly said.

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.

“He was a born prosecutor,” he told me.

Memorial’s Ribbon Cutting Set for Slain Bainbridge Counselor


A touching tribute to a revered Bainbridge Island school counselor set to be unveiled. Jeffrey McKinstry, 53, was killed in October 2007 by his mentally ill son. And since then, many in the Ordway Elementary School community had been searching for ways to honor their fallen counselor (pictured).

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 Jeff’s legacy.”


“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.

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A Special ‘Three Tone’ Salute for Fallen Cencom Dispatcher

John Taylor

Today at about 3:20 p.m., Kitsap County’s 911 dispatchers broadcast something out of the ordinary that caught our attention.

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 his job.

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.