Ballinger's Landy Cason passes away due to COVID-19.
Ballinger suffered the loss of one the town's most colorful citizens when Cason's Mercantile shop owner, Landy Cason, passed away on August 16, from COVID-19.
Cason wasn't only a local merchant, he was also the co-host of the KRUN radio station's Jeff & Landy Morning Show, and the red carpet co-host of the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards. The Texas Regional Radio Report released a statement on Facebook regarding the passing of Cason, "All of us with Texas Regional Radio Report and the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards Show are saddened by the news of the passing of Landy Cason. He was not only a part of The Jeff and Landy Morning Show on KRUN Radio, but he was a part of all of our hearts. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones, for all whose lives he touched. Prayers for peace and comfort."
KRUN general manager Jeff Smith spoke about the loss of one of the county's most respected citizens, "His loss is a tragedy. Everyone knew Landy. Some people came from hours away for treatments with his PEMF machine, He was a healer in the truest sense of the word. He cared about everyone with his heart and soul. When you talked to Landy, he was genuine. He didn't white-wash anything. Even those who didn't always agree with him, respected him."
Smith also talked about how he met Cason, "Many years ago, my mother and I were standing in line for tickets to a country music concert. Standing behind us was Jacklyn and Landy. We didn't know them, but as anyone who has ever met Landy knows, Landy has never met a stranger. I was a young teenager back then. I remember Landy, Jacklyn, and mom talking and visiting like the oldest of friends. Fast forward a few years and I get hired as the general manager for KRUN. Four years ago, I wanted to start a morning show and thought about Landy, how outgoing and kind he is. I talked to him and he was like, 'Sure. I'll do it.' That's how it all started. We never had a format. We just winged it every morning. Landy was incredible. You know what else? He was never an employee of the station. He did the morning show for free, because that's just is how he was."
The PEMF machine Smith alluded to was Cason's Pulse Electromagnetic Field therapy machine that was located in Cason's Mercantile. Cason also had an old Tesla Coil that his grandmother, who was a healer outside of Rankin in the 1940s, handed down to him.
The first PEMF system was approved by the FDA in 2004 as an adjunct to cervical fusion surgery. Electricity’s potential for healing bones was reported on back in 1841. It was not until the mid-1950s that scientist gave it serious consideration and started studying it. The machine consists of a coil that generates a magnetic field. A frequency generator is used to energize the coils to create a pulsed electromagnetic field. Many of the devices are sold and marketed as FDA registered wellness devices.
You can speak to scores of people in Runnels County who will give you a testimonial about how the PEMF machine helped then with some condition. Most everyone knows of someone that Cason helped over the last couple of decades. The machine consisted of a PEMF halo and a mat that people could lay or sit on for the treatment. Cason would adjust the frequency for each person on an individual basis. In an interview he spoke about the adjustments, "Everybody is different. I want to make sure that everyone gets effective treatment."
The PEMF machines around the world are officially used to heal non-union fractures, glioblastomas and depression.
Cason was also known for making and selling ozonated water. He makes ozonated water by adding in almost pure silver and copper via electrolysis. According to the BES Group, "Ozone is one of the world’s most powerful oxidizing agents, as it readily removes organic and microorganisms and pollutants in water supplies. Ozone is a molecular compound of three oxygen atoms (O3), in which two oxygen atoms from the basic oxygen molecule (O2 – the oxygen that humans breathe) contains a third oxygen atom that can easily detach from the ozone compound and reattach to other molecules.
Ozonation is the infusion of ozone with water to both disinfect water and to be used as a disinfection agent for a variety of applications and industries. During ozonation, ozone directly attacks the surface layer of microorganisms and destroys their cell walls, as it is a highly reactive oxidant. When ozone is added to water, it quickly dissolves contaminants without any changes to the composition of water and introduces no odor or taste. The ozonation method is highly effective in killing bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that contaminate water and can lead to cancers and other related illnesses."
Cason was also a veteran, having served in the US Navy, working with nuclear reactors on various ships and submarines. Steve Gray, the owner of Ballinger Printing and a self-professed "gear head," shared a deep friendship with Cason, "You know, Landy could talk about anything mechanical. He paid attention to the smallest detail. He worked as a machinist in San Angelo, and built everything from motorcycles to cars at home. He was second-to-none when it came to anything mechanical. I'm going to miss our talks."
Cason's memorial service was held at the Glory Road Cowboy Church on Saturday, August 21, at 1 p.m. The service was attended by approximately 170 people who came out to pay their respects.
Landy Lowell Cason, April 9, 1957 - August 16, 2021.