Casey Michelle Kester Herrin

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Casey Michelle Kester Herrin was born on September 8, 1970 and immediately began to brighten our world until her passing on October 8, 2018. She was born in Dallas, Texas and was raised in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Texas in Austin where she received her bachelor’s degree in History. She then studied at Texas State University where she received her master’s degree in Education. Casey was employed by Texas Tech University, College of Education and spent her entire career teaching students and mentoring teachers. She was a natural teacher and had the blessing of living out her passion in her career.

She met her husband, Jay, during college and they married October 22, 1995. Casey was an amazing mom to her 14-year old children, Tanner and Kate. Casey never met a stranger and embraced life to the fullest each and every day. She did not understand the meaning of the word no, and she lived fearlessly and faithfully all of the days of her life. Her legacy is felt around the world and she touched the lives of many.  She was an avid traveler and loved to document her experiences through photography.

She was always surrounded by her loving family. Her husband, Jay, children, Tanner and Kate, her parents, Bobby and Dale Kester, and brother, Chris and his family, Jennifer and Courtney. Her extended family was an integral part of her life, including her father and mother-in-law, Ron and Gay Herrin, sister-in-law, Cristin Herrin Ford and her children, Chandler, Holland and Haven, and her brother-in-law, Chas Herrin and niece, Emerson. The Herrin Family would like to honor the Orr Family – Doug, Michelle, Ali, and Riley. Michelle gave the ultimate gift to Jay and Casey and brought the twins into the world. Without her, the family would not be complete.

Her memorial service will be held Saturday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway St., Lubbock TX. A tribute of Casey’s life may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.


In lieu of flowers, family has requested that donations be made in Casey’s honor to Give More Hugs, a non-profit organization that empowers students to create a lifelong love for learning, reading, and creativity. The website is


9 thoughts on “Casey Michelle Kester Herrin”

  1. Ann & Jerry Smith

    We are so, so sorry to hear about your tragic loss of Casey. We will keep your family in our prayers.

  2. Courtney Key Tardy

    I am very sorry for your loss. Casey and I, as a Kester and a Key, spent three years next to each other in homeroom at Lanier Middle School. She was such a fun person with a great, open spirit. I know many of us from Houston have been sad to hear this news.

  3. Carrol Christmann D’Elia

    Kate and family, I only knew your Mother for a short time and I could tell what a wonderful person she was. You will always carry that with you and it will give you strength in the days and years to come. Please know you are in my prayers and heart!

  4. I only had the opportunity to work with Casey for a little over a year, but felt a strong connection with her personally during my last visit to Lubbock to visit TTU. All it took was one dinner at her favorite restaurant in Lubbock – La Sirena – to discover we had so much in common (especially our mutual obsession with Harry Potter) despite coming from such different places and being in such different stages in our lives. She was truly special and I was so devastated to hear about her passing. My thoughts are with her family, friends, colleagues, and everyone she touched in her life.

  5. Abbie Jeffreys Cedeño

    Jay, Ronnie, Gay, Cristin, Chastin, and all your dear family…….Our hearts are crying with you….sending so much love and prayers and hugs your way today and in all the days ahead. We love you!

  6. Mary Lou Covington

    Bobby and dale my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this most difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful daughter.

  7. Mary, Adam, Maddie and Nicholas Venn

    Dear Herrin family – Casey touched our family in her role as our daughter Maddie’s first grade teacher at Brykerwoods Elementary in Austin. We have such love and admiration for her ability to connect with every single child and parent in a profound yet humble way. That same year, Casey left her teaching position early to take care of those beautiful twins. While we missed her deeply, we were overjoyed that her gift of love could be shared with those two very special children, the family she had always longed for. May your knowledge of her love for you all help support you through these difficult times.

  8. Dear Jay, Tanner, and Kate: so sorry about the loss of your precious wife and Mother. Kester Family and Herrin clan, my condolences for the loss of your sweet Casey. Prayers for strength and comfort to lift each other up during this earth-shattering time now, and in the weeks to come.

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