Velton “Vel” Starling Casler age 82 our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was called to his Heavenly home on August 9, 2023 in St. George Utah at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Hereford, Texas on April 30, 1941 to Jerome T. Casler (deceased before his birth) and Nellie Stephenson Casler and was the youngest of 9 children.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his brothers: Jerome T., Lynn, Boyce, Burleigh, Spence, his sister Faye and his youngest daughter Dawn. He is survived by the love of his life, Murle Cushion Casler, his children: Dhana (Randy) Bennett, DeAnne (Bryan) Benware, Debbie Alder, Chad Casler, his brother Travis and sister Myrna. He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren who loved and adored him.
Since his father was gone, his older brothers and sisters loved, guided and nurtured him through his youth. As a small child he was driven, motivated and an amazing entrepreneur. He received the outstanding student award when he graduated from Weatherford High School. He was accepted to the Air Force Academy but instead, ended up graduating from North Texas State University with a degree in Math and Science and later received his Masters Degree in International Business.
Vel started out in the computer industry in the 1960's. He became the director of Computer Systems for IRS, Inc. and was sent to Germany. He became vice president, CEO and president of various other computer companies. Vel was written up in the Tampa Bay Business Journal as the “Savior of Companies.” He was honored to be listed in the “Who's Who in Business.” Later, he formed other companies of his own, one of which was instrumental in developing the first hand-held computer. Vel officially visited every state in the USA and dozens of other countries throughout the world during his business travels. In the year 2000, he moved back to Utah and became a professor at Weber State University in the Department of Professional Business Sales. He served as Department/head Chair and was heavily involved in the DECA club. He enjoyed teaching and really enjoyed his students.
He and his wife joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1970. He served in numerous leadership and teaching positions in the church. Among these were Elders Quorum, Bishopric Counselor, High Counselor, and served as Bishop in Seminole, FL. He was a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a stalwart example in the way he lived his life. A man of integrity, fair and honest in all his dealings.
One of his great passions was “Cruising” with his dear wife, family and friends. If he wasn't on a cruise, he was dreaming of one, or planning his next one. His latest plan was to cruise to Tahiti with his wife and sister Myrna. He loved and adored his children, worked hard to make a wonderful life for them and was a constant example to them. Vel was very family oriented (coming from a large close-knit family) and looked forward to attending his Texas family reunions when he could.
The family expresses a heartfelt thank you to all of Vel's dear friends and family who came to share their love at the hospital and home. Thanks to Intermountain Healthcare and Hospice for the much needed support and tender care Vel received while at home with his family.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 S. 200 W. Bountiful Utah. Private visitation for family only prior to graveside.