Derek Frank Sánchez

Derek Frank Sánchez

Birth
Death 11 Apr 2013 (aged 47)
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID 108550099 · View Source
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Derek Frank Sánchez, age 47, originally from Albuquerque, NM, passed away on April 11, 2013.
Derek was involved in a high speed racing accident on April 6, 2013 at the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Derek is survived by his racing partner, Jeffrey Nolte, his mother, Rosie Maroone and her husband, Jim Maroone, sister, Audra Sánchez, father, Frank Sánchez and his wife, Terry and step-sisterm Sarah Orozco and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, as well as his extended Drag Racing Family.
Derek graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM in 1984. Derek then graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Derek was currently attending the University of Arizona studying for his Master's in Library and Information Sciences. Derek currently resided in Yuma, Arizona and was working at the Yuma County Library District, while working on his Master's Degree.
Derek had two passions in life, drag racing and books. Derek and Nolte raced on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for the past 10 years. They recently campaigned a 1933 Ford Roadster with Derek's step-father, Jim Maroone. Derek was commonly referred to as the "150 mph Librarian". Derek's other passion was books. Derek loved to read and loved to share his knowledge with his family and friends. Derek was a wonderful and caring human being and will be so missed not only by his family and friends but by his extended drag racing family.
Services will be on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. The Rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow shortly at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.


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  • Created by: P Barela
  • Added: 15 Apr 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 108550099
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Derek Frank Sánchez (6 Mar 1966–11 Apr 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 108550099, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by P Barela (contributor 46573401) .