December 14, 1989 ~ April 23, 2007

Born in: Pueblo, CO,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Derick Alan Thomas, 17, born Dec. 14, 1989, in Pueblo, Colo., passed away April 23, 2007. Preceded in death by his brother, Christopher Michael Stroud; sister, Letitia Taylor Surprise; grandmother, Peggy Jones; and great-grandmother, Ruth Estep. Survived by his parents, Dawn and Gene Jones and Chad and Nikki Thomas; brothers, Joe Thomas and Kyle Jones; stepsister, Laramie Tolbert; grandparents, Lana (Frank Musso) Slaten, Jerry and Kathy Thomas, Bonnie Martin, and Karen and Mike Osborn; great-grandparents, W.L. and June Finlayson, and Robert Estep; aunts and uncles, Tammy Minuhin, Kim (John) Rigirozzi, Charlie (Tanya) Jones, Dennis (Cheryl) Jones and Sean Dressel, Sr.; loving cousins, Autumn Moser, Paige Minuhin, Haillie Slaten, Sierra Jones, Dakota Jones, Justin Jones, Chrystal (Josh) Tillerson, Sean Dressel, Jr., Sharae Dressel, Brenna Dressel, Donald (Mona) Henderson, Jennifer Henderson and Sheila Henderson; great-aunts and uncles, Joan Brown, Kay (Tom) O'Rourke, Marlene (Frank) Straziscar, Judy (Joe) Kovacich, Beverly (Rick) Giadone, Charlene Fillmore, Jan (Bob) Hicks and Nanette (Greg) Weiss and Robert Brown; great-great aunt and uncle, Walter and Pat Estep; other cousins, Sean (Kristy) Straziscar, Tom (Debbie) O'Rourke, Shari (John) Trivisonno, Michael (Julie) O'Rourke, Dan (Heikei) Kovacich, Jim (Sandra) Lany, John (Lisa) O'Rourke, Jennifer (Craig Law) Kovacich and Shay (Mike) Smith; best friends, Nate Messenger, Tony Armenta and Jacob Pino. Also survived by numerous other family members from the Thomas, Estep and Corriveau family. Derick, also known as the tie-dye shirt guy, was a student in the fast-track program at Pueblo Community College and would have graduated this June. He loved to cook and had plans to enroll at PCC in the Culinary Arts program next fall. Derick was looking forward to restoring his 1970 Mustang to original condition, a passion he gained from his great-grandfather. There will be no viewing. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2007, at Praise Assembly, 2000 Troy, with Pastor Adam Aragon officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, please make donations to the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Chad,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Words can’t heal the void that you have. Please know that we are thinking and praying for you and your family.
    I didn’t know your son, Derrick but he had to have been a great kid with the parents he had.
    We lost our son last summer and it really puts your life into perspective. What you thought were big things just don’t matter. If you need to talk please call, I won’t have any answers but I know that it helps.
    Just remember God has a plan that we can’t see. It may not ever make sense to us.

  2. Chad, I’m sorry very sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. My heart goes out to you…I did not know Derrick but I send my thoughts and prayers for your families, Chad and Dawn.I am sure he was a nice young man. Joe, we miss you 2nd blk, our class is thinking about you. We love you.

  4. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. It is so hard for a parent to lay a child to rest regardless of the age of the child, but it is especially hard when they are so young and full of life.
    You will be united again with him and until that day cherish the memories. Restore that Mustang if you want to and can.
    Prayers and God Bless all who knew this wonderful young man.
    But he is not gone forever for one day you all will be united with him.
    I never knew him personally, but I felt like I should put something on here.
    James DeCino
    Florence, CO

  5. I never knew you man except as “south park shirt guy” & I regret never having talked to you more in the short period that we had class together. I always thought there would be more time to get to know you but it turns out you never know man. It feels so surreal & so weird because just last week you were here and now youll never have the opportunity to graduate with the rest of us in May & it makes me sad. I’m sorry dude, you deserved to walk with us but at least you’ll be watching down on us when we walk.Rest in Peace dude

  6. No words can take away the pain. Please accept our heart felt condolences. sincerly, Bill & Kay Roberts.

  7. Jerry,Kathy,Chad & everyone else who is grieving this horrible loss. I am so sorry. I only found out this morning.I am so sad & wish I would have known earlier. but,cicumstances would not allow me to attend his service.My thoughts & prayers are always with you. If there is any thing I can do Please call. I love you all.Derick was my Great-nephew or my third cousin. I take comfort in at least knowing he & I share some of the same blood & nothing can change that. Once again my heart goes out to you all.Maybe one day Derick can cook us all up a wonderful feast in Heaven. AMEN Terri Wallace

  8. Gene & Dawn,
    Words can not express your loss! I can only say that you have a beautiful & wonderful “Angel” looking over you!
    I can recall your son’s being over here a couple times…Everett worked on one of the trucks, and my son Dillon will always remember Derick making him some ramen noodles over at your house.
    My whole family will pray for you, and let us know if there is anything we can do for you & your family.
    God Bless You Both & Your Whole Family,
    Marguerite Crowell-Even

  9. We must remain unconditionally trusting and embrace the sovereignty of God as we are guided through this very sorrowful and difficult time.

    Corry Higbee, Program Coordinator

  10. To Dericks Family and Friends,
    I am friends with Nate, Dericks best friend, and when I heard I couldnt believe it. I never had the pleasure in meeting Derick, but from what I hear he was amazing.
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will not forget you in our prayers and thoughts.
    Hang in there and stay strong. Celebrate his life, and talk about him as much as you can.
    Lots of love and prayers <3

  11. Dearest Bonnie,
    My deepest condolences on your loss. I will be including you and your family in my prayers.

  12. Even though we didnt know Derick, words can not express how sorry we are for your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts & prayers!!!

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