Several years ago, I wrote a story about death by suicide: my own life-wrenching experience surrounding my father’s suicide just before Christmas, 1970 when I was 20 years old; and about the doors that experience ultimately enabled me to open, step thru and into conversations that I never imagined having.  Conversations that changed my life–and lives of others.
I recently submitted the story to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (  A wonderful organization.  Fortuitously, one of the team members my daughter Brittany worked with on a suicide prevention program at UCSD in La Jolla is now the Chief Medical Officer at AFSP.   They put the story up on their blog on April 30, 2019.   Here is a link to
I dedicate this story in memory of Brian, my father Grover C. Gauntt Jr, and my mentor and dear friend Horace L. Hahn.
Warm regards and continued healing

Casey and Grover Gauntt Panama 1969

Horace L. Hahn

Horace Hahn

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Casey Gauntt

is a retired attorney and former senior executive of a major San Diego real estate company. He lives in Solana Beach, California, with his wife, Hilary. Casey grew up in Itasca, Illinois, graduated Lake Park High School in 1968, and received B.S., JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California.

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Jimmy Gauntt

was born and raised in Solana Beach and graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2002.   A prestigious Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California, he majored in English and Spanish. He authored six plays, five screenplays, and a multitude of poems and short stories. Beginning in 2010, the USC English Department annually bestows the Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award—aka “The Jimmy”—to the top graduates in English.  Jimmy passed over to the other side in 2008 at age 24.

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