Gone Too Soon
Derek Brock Clayton, beloved son of Lori and Brock Clayton, passed away at his home on July 10, 2020 at the age of 26 years.
Along with his parents Lori and Brock, Derek will be lovingly remembered by his sister Jenn (Reid) Fralick, niece Blaire Fralick, and nephews Rory and Brooks Fralick; his aunt and uncle Sandra and Cory Mailey, and cousin Alecia Mailey; his aunt Penny Adams, and cousins Jesse Adams and Kaley Adams (Luke Thompson); his uncle Don Clayton (Ke), and cousin Vanessa Clayton; his aunt Frieda Ellis; his grandmother Anne Clayton; and his grandparents Maxine and Bill Wasileiw. He was predeceased by his grandfather Harold Clayton and his uncle Todd Clayton.
Derek was born and raised in Calgary. He grew up in the community of Lakeview surrounded by loving family and friends. Derek attended Jennie Elliott Elementary School where he created many lasting friendships. His ability to keep these same special relationships into adulthood was something to be admired. Derek had a wonderful childhood full of typical things like bike rides with friends, weekend camping trips, ski trips and video games. He was a wonderfully in-tune, caring and loving child who gave the best 'monkey' hugs with his long arms.
After elementary, Derek and all his buddies went on to Bishop Pinkham Jr. High where they grew up together and had tons of fun playing pranks on teachers and going for slurpee runs down to the local Mac's. He then attended Central Memorial High School and graduated in 2012. After graduation, Derek went on to receive a certificate as a Machinist Technician from SAIT. In 2015, he decided to continue his education at Camosun College in Victoria and received a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Upon graduation, Derek told his Grandma that his sister Jenn "was going to need some help with all of those kids" and decided to set up his roots back in Calgary. His family was thrilled and Derek was thriving here in Calgary. He and his friends had many nights cooking meals together and hanging out with each other. Derek never had a shortage of friends. While he had a booming social life, Derek always prioritized his family and rarely missed a family get together. He was such a dependable guy who gave the most thoughtful gifts. His niece and nephews loved him dearly and Derek was always on the floor playing with them. They especially loved when he would bring out his old legos or his old train set to play with. In the past year here in Calgary, Derek really found his calling and decided to start a degree in Computer Science through the University of Athabasca. He was also working with his dad on several coding projects and was "hitting it out of the park".
Derek had a wonderful laid-back attitude and his life motto was 'take it slow'. He had a calming presence, but also had no reservations about making his opinion known...especially during political debates with his dad.
Derek's love of sports sprouted from watching his sister play in the community spring soccer league. Along with playing soccer, he was also a proud member of the Glenlake Hawks minor hockey club for 10 years, with many of those seasons being coached by his dad. This was an amazing experience for both Derek and his dad, Brock, who will forever treasure the memories of coaching his son in the sport he loved the most. Derek also excelled in rugby and volleyball, competing on school teams as well as club teams for both sports. His family attended all of his games and loved to watch him learn and grow through sport.
Some other amazing memories Derek's family have of him are all the special trips they went on to places like Mexico, the Grand Canyon, Disneyland, Kelowna, Phoenix, Europe and the annual Kikomun Creek camping trip.
Derek was taken way too early from this life. While we will never understand the meaning of his passing, we have comfort knowing that he lived a wonderful 26 years and that we will see him again. Derek always lived his life to the fullest, regardless of what hardships were thrown his way. He never made excuses, he never complained and never asked for anything. We are all so proud of how Derek lived his life and always set out to do things on his own and in his own way. He was a selfless wonderful man who would do anything for the people he loved. You always knew that if you asked Derek for something he would be there. He was treasured and so loved.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to a cause or charity close to your heart, or alternatively contribute to an RESP for Derek's niece and nephews, Blaire, Rory and Brooks. RESP contributions can be e-transferred to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to COVID-19, the family will be holding a private service to honour Derek's life. Please scroll down to access the links for both the memorial service recording and the video tribute recording.
The family would also love to receive your written memories of Derek for his loved ones to read and find comfort in the coming years. Those that have been invited to the service may bring their written memories then and all others can be mailed to: Lori and Brock Clayton, 6011 Lloyd Crescent SW, Calgary, AB T3E 5V8.
For those who wish to watch the video tribute for Derek, please click on the link below: