FAIRFIELD • Elder Derek Jason Walker, 20, a resident of Fairfield, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in Weslaco, Texas.
Derek was born Aug. 31, 1991, in Provo, Utah, the son of Jason D. Walker and Cynthia (Cindy) Wilson. He attended elementary school in the Moscow School District and then in Minidoka County School District. Derek attended East Minico Junior High and his freshman year of high school at Minico High School before moving to Fairfield, Idaho, where he attended and graduated from Camas County High. Following high school, Derek was accepted to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but deferred his acceptance to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Derek was called to serve in the Texas-McAllen Mission and entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Sept. 29, 2010. Derek arrived in McAllen, Texas, on Dec. 1, 2010, and served in the communities of Brownsville, La Joya and Weslaco, Texas.
Derek loved serving as a missionary and loved the people of Southern Texas. Derek loved mountain biking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, football, basketball, track and the outdoors. He worked for several summers as a farmhand in Alta, Wyo. In 2010, Derek worked for the U.S. Forest Service on a YCC crew in the Fairfield Ranger District.
Derek is survived by his parents, Jason and Cindy Walker of Fairfield, Idaho; his brother, Austin Grant Walker who is attending Brigham Young University in Provo; his sisters, Kylie Grace Walker and Alison Chloe Walker; and his youngest brother, Tyson David Walker, all of Fairfield, Idaho. Derek is also survived by both sets of grandparents, David and Carolyn Walker of Rupert, Idaho, and Grant and Sharol Wilson of Alta, Wyo.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Demaray Funeral Service, Gooding Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Camas County High School gymnasium in Fairfield. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the Fairfield Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fairfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the General Mission Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and may be made at your local ward or branch. Memorial donations may also be made to the Camas County High School.
Arrangements are under the direction of Demaray Funeral Service, Gooding Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.