Adoptive Father and PGA Golf Star, Billy Casper, Dies at 83

He was voted the 15th greatest golfer of all time.

Denalee Chapman February 14, 2015
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Inducted into the Golfing Hall of Fame in 1978, Billy Casper won frequently on PGA Tours. Many say that Billy Casper was the most underrated star in golf history. He won a total of 51 tournaments on the PGA tour. (That’s two more than Nicklaus and six more than Palmer.)

Billy Casper and his wife Shirley were happily married for more than 60 years. Shirley was by Billy’s side when he peacefully passed away on February 7, 2015. The couple raised 11 children, six of whom are adopted.

In his early 30s, he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although best known for his golfing career, Casper lived a life immersed in charitable work. Having a love for children, he created and participated in an annual tournament in San Diego called, “Billy’s Kids.”

Mostly, Casper was devoted to his family. He left behind his wife, 11 children, 71 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Jack Nicklaus said of him, “He has always been so steadfast and committed to his family, his religion, his community, and his unwavering beliefs. And he never asked for anything in return. It was not even a year ago when someone asked Billy how he wanted to be remembered and he said, ‘I want to be remembered for how I loved my fellow man.’”

The full story of Billy Casper, his life, his family, and his death may be read at ABC News.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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