Kyle Derrick
Kyle Derrick
  • August 9, 1974 - February 20, 2017
  • Sierra Madre, California

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KYLE DAMON DERRICK died on February 20, 2017, from complications related to a twenty-year battle with a traumatic brain injury. He was 42. Born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 9, 1974, Kyle is the son of Bill and Laura Derrick of Sierra Madre, California.

God, get ready: Here comes Kyle! He is one of the greatest fighters, fishermen, and friends we have ever known here on Earth. Kyle was lost for a second time on February 20, but there is a comfort knowing that he now rests in peace with you at his side.

Kyle was so full of life, wild and free, and a friend to all. He lived to the fullest, owned a motorcycle shop, camped, fished, traveled, and ALWAYS put family and friends first. Prior to his injury, and during his battle with its aftermath, he developed a close-knit following of friends that stayed connected to him throughout the years. Friends from Europe and across the United States continued to support Kyle in his efforts to recover.

His whole life, Kyle was a unifying force—he connected us all.

Even though he was unable to speak after his injury, Kyle taught all that he met the meaning of love and to have a keen appreciation for life. He also taught patience, to never give up, and to fight until the end. Many that followed him witnessed true angles caring for him daily.

Kyle’s inspiration has had a global impact. "Awaking Dreams", was created in his name to use adventure as a means to draw attention to traumatic brain injury research and support organizations. Awaking Dreams, which has organized an Appalachian thru-hike and a canoe descent of the entire Connecticut River, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the National Brain Injury Association, Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital, and others.

On the day he departed, with his family by his side, his loved ones quietly told Kyle that although he would be missed beyond words, he could take a break from his long battle. Now he is with you, God.

Kyle is survived by his parents Bill and Laura Derrick, his sisters Jamie Malone, Brooke Derrick and Casey Derrick Neuman, and his brother-in-laws Chris Malone, Daniel McGlynn, and Patrick Neuman. He leaves his grandparents, Linda and Chuck Fisher of Dallas, Texas, six nieces and three nephews, and countless close friends that visited him regularly over the past 20 years including: Miguel, Matthias, and Ben.

If he could speak, he would tell us all to go celebrate with family and friends what was an amazing ride, and an amazing life! Kyle will be missed here on Earth—you are lucky to have him by your side.

Kyle’s private funeral services will be held in Dallas, Texas, at Laurel Land Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held for friends and family at Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia, California, on March 25, at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, Kyle’s family asks that you consider a donation to the National Brain Injury Association.