Dayton, Derek Christopher

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Derek was born December 9, 1973, in St. Petersburg, Florida and resided in the Dallas area from 1985-2014. He recently celebrated his 40th birthday before passing away on January 4, 2014, after an extended illness.  He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Dayton, his maternal grandparents, George J. and Bertha A. Fink, and his paternal grandparents, Robert G. and Jean R. Dayton.  He is survived by his mother, Joyce A. Dayton, his uncle and aunt, Gerald J. and Mary Ann Fink, of Fishers, Indiana, and his uncle, Leo B. Fink, of St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Derek enjoyed playing soccer; he also played the trumpet as a member of the Desoto High School Eagles band.  He graduated from DeSoto High School and attended the University of North Texas and the Art Institute of Colorado. 

As a child he loved performing magic tricks for the family; later his interests included snowboarding and playing the guitar. Derek was a talented artist throughout his life. His contagious sense of humor carried him through many unexpected challenges.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff at both Baylor Hospital in Dallas and Baylor Hospital in Carrollton for their care and compassion.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., in the chapel at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1801 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75075. Donations may be made in the memory of Derek C. Dayton to NAMI Dallas, namidallas.org, or to Messiah Lutheran Church.

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5 replies on “Dayton, Derek Christopher”

Joyce Dayton says:

CHILD OF GOD
We did our best for this child of ours
A delight to his family and friends
Smart, understanding beyond his years, he believed in the power of angels
His light on earth shined brightest as he joined his family and friends
We did our best for this child of God
Now a light in the stars and the heavens

Joan Cooper and family says:

A prayer I say daily and send your way: Dear God, Be good to me, the sea is wide and my boat so small.

Sending you warm hugs at a time that is so, so sad. I do feel connected with you, and others. Love, Joan Cooper, Kristina and Carlos, and Caroline.

Laura Weatherred says:

Joyce, my heart is very heavy knowing of your great loss. Thank you for sharing stories of Derek with me over the past few years. You will continue to be in my prayers for comfort, peace, and strength in the coming days. God Bless.

Jon Thornhill says:

Ms. Dayton,I just learned today that Derek passed away. I spent many a day with Derek back in High School. The descriptions are correct…understanding beyond his years…I am sorry for your loss.

Randy Motes says:

I am just learning of Derek’s passing from Jon. I will 2nd everything Jon said. I never saw him without a smile on his face! He will be truley missed! So sorry for your families loss.

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