“We lost a good one”
Yogi Casas was a great ambassador to SMU and our basketball program. He loved Mustang Basketball so much that when he was planning his funeral with his lovely daughter, Candice, he asked that in lieu of flowers people donate to the SMU Basketball program! How about that! Here is a guy dying of cancer and he is thinking about our program! I was so deeply touched when I visited with Candice the other day. She brought me a gift that Yogi had made for me.
Yogi, thank you for all you have done for SMU and all that you continue to do. Rest in peace.
Yogi’s obituary: January 5, 1949 - December 1, 2008. Yogi was born in San Benito, Texas, to Maria Naomi Bazeni and Pete J. Angelo. He moved to Dallas, Texas, when he was 5 years old. Yogi attended St. Mary of Carmel Elementary; T.J. Rusk Junior High; W.H. Adamson High School (class of '67); Dallas Baptist College and Southern Methodist University. He was preceded in death by his mom, Maria Bazeni Casas and sister, Irma Casas-Gomez. Yogi is survived by his wife, Judy Casas; son and daughter-in-law, Clint and Kim Shields; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Vicki Casas; daughter and son-in-law, Candice and Jamison Meredith; grandchildren, Braden and Reid Shields, and McCoy and Bailey Meredith; brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Nita Casas; and nephews, Gilbert Jr. and Derek Casas, and Jimmy Gomez Jr. Yogi passed away peacefully in his home, after a three-and-a-half year battle with lung cancer.