|Birth: ||Jul. 29, 1993|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 2012|
Derek Allen Baca, 18, of Farmington, beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, went home with his Lord and Savior on Monday Feb. 6, 2012. Derek was born July 29, 1993, in Las Cruces, to Allen and Lorrie Baca.
Derek spent most of his life in Albuquerque, where he attended La Cueva High School. He graduated from Farmington High School with the Class of 2011, and was attending San Juan College.
Derek, a natural athlete, was active in school in soccer, track and field, football and wrestling. He loved the outdoors and found the mountains in northern New Mexico and Colorado inspiring. He was always anxious to explore another peak, abandoned mine, mountain lake or stream.
His hobbies and interests included attending youth bible study groups, 4-wheeling, fishing, mountain biking, camping, grilling, snowboarding, skeet shooting, hanging out with friends, hunting, long boarding and kite surfing. He also was known by his friends and family for his famous hot wings and stuffed jalapeņo peppers.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Walter Cassida, Marna and Carl Neitzel; and his uncle, Dan Cassida.
Derek is survived by his parents, Allen and Lorrie Baca; brother, Austin Baca; paternal grandparents, Adolph and Rowena Baca; aunts and uncles, Linda and John Bunning, Janice and Steve Argabright, Steve and Pam Cassida, Marna and Kevin Doherty and Scott Cassida; cousin, Curtis Cassida; and numerous other first and second cousins.
He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Piņon Hills Community Church, 5101 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington.
A private interment will follow at the Aztec Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to http://newmexicotrout.org/outreach-projects/healing-waters, a charity dedicated to physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
Arrangements are with Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from February 12 to February 15, 2012
San Juan County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Feb 12, 2012
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