Dean Case Obituary (2021) – Williamsburg, Virginia


Dean Elliott Case, 77, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2021 in Sentara Williamsburg, surrounded by the daughters of DD.

He was born in Little Valley, NY, and graduated from Little Valley Central High School in 1962. In 1966, he received his BS in Industrial Arts, Automotive Mechanics and Driver’s Ed from Buffalo State University, and his MA in psychology of St. Bonaventure. He was also ASE certified in many areas. A lifelong learner, Dean continued his education at the College of William & Mary, and various training seminars.

Dean was also a longtime teacher, having taught industrial arts in Limestone, NY; Automotive mechanics, first at Rappahannock Community College in Glenns, Va., Then at Lafayette High School in James City County; and driver education for Williamsburg-James City County. From 1996 to 2006 he also owned and operated Case’s Driving School.

During his 35 years of teaching, Dean has received numerous awards and honors, including the title of Professor Emeritus of Lafayette High School and the title “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” on five occasions. In 2000, he retired from WJCC schools because he was not expected to survive chemotherapy.

Dean, Case, Caseman, DD – whatever name you know him by – was a mentor and “father” to thousands of students who loved him and stayed in touch with him throughout his life. .

He is survived by the love of his life and the soul mate of nearly 43-year-old Betty M. (aka “Miss Betty”) Case; his daughters, Heather Case Brand (Abel) of Richmond, Va., and Chris Morton of East Stroudsburg, Pa; two sons, Dean J. Case II and George Case; sister, Iva Banks (Ed) of Port Angeles, WA; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His parents, J. Elliott Case and Sarah Jane Case, predeceased him.

Dean was known for his wicked sense of humor, quick returns, his unique way of seeing the world, and the creative nicknames he gave to everyone he knew. He would always tell people, “Friends have nicknames. Enemies have descriptions.

His passion was to build racing engines for all kinds of races. He was a fierce competitor on tracks all over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Maryland and West Virginia. During his rich career, his racing engines won 197 races and 15 track championships. He was proud to see the riders win their first victory and always raced on a budget. He loved his engine shop at his home in Charles City County and continued to run “Auto Shop” there until his death. He always said to people, “I’d rather wear out than rust.”

Services will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg on Sunday, December 19 with visitations starting at 1:00 p.m. and following service at 3:00 p.m. MASKS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS.

At her request, Dean’s ashes will be mixed with Betty’s upon her passing, and some of those ashes will be strewn at the grave of her beloved grandfather, Dean J. Case, in Little Valley, NY.

As Dean hated funeral flowers, the family asks that instead of flowers, donations in his memory be made to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185, www.heritagehumane.org. Condolences can be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.

Published by Daily Press December 18-19, 2021.


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