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 J. Derek Brinkerhoff

J. Derek Brinkerhoff

Richland, Benton County, Washington, USA
Death 20 Jan 1998 (aged 18)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial West Point, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot 225B
Memorial ID 147139 · View Source
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J. Derek Brinkerhoff

Our loving and gentle son, J. Derek Brink-erhoff, came into this world on March 23, 1979, and was taken from us January 20, 1998, in an accident.

He was a kind and beautiful child that had a great love and affection for those around him and especially for his five sisters and one brother. He loved Scouting, especially Scout camps and earned an Eagle Scout when he was 13. He was active in his Deacon and Teachers quorums. He loved small children and helped teach many in the West Point area how to swim during his mother's swimming lessons. He was a hard worker and achieved at all he did.

He is survived by his grandmother, Mary Brinkerhoff, Midvale, Utah; his grandfather, Gordon Orr, Spanish Fork, Utah; his oldest sister and brother-in-law, Dave and Jessaca Olsen, and their lovely daughter, Joanna, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Aprihl, Dustin, Roxanne, Evie, and Mindy Brinkerhoff, all of West Point, Utah; his mother and father, Delilah and Jim Brinkerhoff, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

His laughter and his sense of humor will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 23, 1998, at 11 a.m. at the West Point Stake Center, 550 No. 2300 W. Friends and family may call Thursday at Lindquist's Clearfield Mortuary, 1050 South State, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services.

Interment West Point City Cemetery.

Deseret News Wednesday, January 21, 1998 Obituary

I-15 is costing many lives

Much is being said about the high monetary cost of the reconstruction of I-15. Another recent article states that there may be a simple solution for the funding problem. But very little is being said about the cost in lives. It is my opinion that the cost in lives is too high.

A young man from West Point lost his life last week as a direct result of the road const-ruction. He was having problems with an air compressor he was pulling with a dump truck, and there was no emergency lane to pull into.

As a result, the air compressor broke loose, and the young man was killed while trying to reattach it to the truck. He was concerned only with getting the hazard off the road to a safe place so no one would be injured. Derek Brinkerhoff was a hard working, kind and caring young man with a heart of gold. He leaves parents, brothers, sisters, other family members and a lot of friends. An emergency lane would have prevented this tragic accident.

If we think about it, we all know someone who is required to travel that mess on a regular basis. The odds are that sometime during this construction we will all find ourselves on that stretch of freeway with no emergency lane.

Would we react any differently if this was a member of our family, or if it was an entire family losing their lives, or if in fact the off-duty law enforcement officers involved in the accident were the ones who lost their lives?

It does not appear that our lawmakers or the people in charge of the construction will be doing anything to correct this horrible situation. It really seems that if they are smart enough to figure out how to make I-15 better for all our traffic, they should be smart enough to figure out how to make it safe for traffic while the construction is being done.

We all need to be more vocal. They will only pay attention to the problem if they hear from us. Please send letters or make phone calls to your representatives. It is absolutely ridiculous that we have no safe place to pull over with car trouble on that part of the freeway. The next tragedy could very well involve someone you love and care about.

Nathaniel Buelo-Clearfield

Deseret News Monday, February 9, 1998




  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 147139
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for J. Derek Brinkerhoff (23 Mar 1979–20 Jan 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 147139, citing West Point Cemetery, West Point, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .