Derek Brent Reber, 15, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2018 at his home. Derek was born on December 20, 2002 in Hobbs, NM to David and Regina Reber.
Derek attended school in Lovington until second grade, then transferred to Hobbs where he completed elementary school at Stone and middle school at Houston. He had many friends and teachers who he loved and adored. There are so many wonderful memories from his experiences in the school system that will forever be cherished.
Derek loved traveling with his family and his hobby was collecting hotel key cards from all over the world. Derek loved to celebrate all holidays, but especially the birthdays of his family and friends. He was a planner and continuously created lists for future vacations or special events. Derek was an amazing artist and gifted many with his beautiful paintings and portraits. He also enjoyed singing and listening to music. Derek brought joy through his beautiful smile and genuine excitement. His laughter was infectious and could light up a room. Derek has forever impacted the lives of his family and friends, and we all admire his love for life despite his many obstacles.
Derek’s fight against cancer started as a baby and we soon realized his strength and determination to overcome life’s challenges. Derek’s example of strength was emulated in a “Derek Strong” movement supported by his school that inspired others and ultimately led to an undefeated football season and a championship dedicated to him.
Derek filled our home with joy as he continuously showed and expressed his love for his family. His greatest qualities were love for people, gratitude, compassion, empathy, and a wonderful sense of humor. We truly know that Heaven gained a very special angel.
Derek leaves behind his parents David and Regina Reber and his three brothers Jared Reber, Zachary Reber, and Nick Reber all of Hobbs, NM. He is also survived by his grandparents Harold & Mina Reber of Lubbock, TX; Jack & Linda Bailey of Hobbs, NM; Pat & Sharon Wise of Lovington, NM. His aunts and uncles, Clay & Shar Reber, Nick & Marcia Bartlett, Michael & Cayla Teague, Mike & Jacqulyn Miller, all of Hobbs, NM; Brian & Jodi Zollinger; Frisco, TX, Bill & Jennifer Freddette; West Jordan, UT, Rob & Julie Roundy; St. George, UT, Bryan Reber; Reno, NV. He is survived by his many cousins, Ryan Miller, Brette Miller, Josh Miller, Addison Miller, Steven Teague, Hayley Teague, Kyle & Patricia Reber, Allison Reber, Garrett & Bianca Reber, Lucas & Andrea McDown, Rob & Kimber Anderson, John & Mindy Burger, Josh Zollinger, Casey Zollinger, Javier & McKenzie Cole, Edward & Aubrey Rakuita, Carlie Fredette, Ryan Roundy, Ethan Roundy, Kylee Roundy, and Jackson Roundy.
Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to your family. Please know that you are all in our prayers.
David and Jessica CruzBedford, TX
My condolences he was such a happy kid may he fly high with the angels. My nephew daelan will sure miss him so much
Ashley sneadHobbs, NM
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to go through this journey with cancer and I pray you find comfort soon. The tributes I have read and heard about sweet Derek have been so wonderful and speak volumes about his terrific spirit. God bless you all.
Joni MorrillHobbs, NM
Wish I could be with all of you tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you. A piece of him will live on in my heart forever. I enjoyed taking care of him and getting to know all of you. Remember, If you ever need anything, we are only a phone call away.
so sorry about your loss. may God bless you all during this time.
mr.& mrs.Randall tiptonEunice, NM
The Hobbs High class of 1985 extends their love and condolences to the family. If we can help in any way - please don't hesitate to ask! (((Hugs)))
Robyn Robinson HamiltonAbilene, TX
I have such great memories of my time working with Derek! 💕He always had such a loving heart! He brought us all such joy! As did his very loving family! I can hear you singing in heaven Derek! Thank you for sharing your song with me! ❤️😍
Kelly ParsonsLovington, NM
We will forever have a special place in our hearts for Derek! He touched our lives tremendously...praying for you all!
Susan Hulse and Myshion HawkinsHobbs, NM
Dearest Reber Family,
We share your grief at the loss of your precious Derek. We’ve walked in your path in the loss of our sons and want you to know that joy will come again as a celebration of his amazing life❣️We are in California and are so sorry that we will not be there for the funeral but please know that we are with you in spirit and love. We will share time with you when we get home. May God give you strength and peace! Blessings and love! Bob and Sue🙏🏻❤️
Bob and Sue RivinojaHobbs, NM
Our deepest condolences to the Rebers! You are in our thoughts and prayers! Derek was an amazing young man!
Kuykendall FamilyHobbs, NM
Regina I’m so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you and your family.
Lisa BrunnerMidland, TX
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers for your family.
Travis and Connie TeagueHobbs, NM
I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.
Salas FamilyHobbs, NM
Thank you for sharing Derek with all of us! What a bright spot in all of our day! I had the blessing of working with Derek at Stone and was always in awe of how amazing, talented and fun Derek was! Derek you will be missed!
Betty WilliamsHobbs, NM
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
Jimmy and Janis WaechterHobbs, NM
So very very sorry for your lose. Our prayers for you and yours.
BRETT AND JENNIFER DRENNANHobbs,, NM
May the Lord offer your family peace and comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and continued prayers are with you.
Drs Mayes & MayesHobbs, NM
So sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet kid. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers Mindee Brennon and Branson Smith
mindee smithhobbs, NM
We are sincerely sorry for your loss, Reber Family. Derek was truly a great one that showed us all how to overcome adversity and fight with all our might no matter the mountain we are up against. He is a wonderful person to know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult season.
Camp FamilyAlbuquerque, NM
Prayers for the family. Derek sounds like a wonderful young man who will be greatly missed and was certainly loved by his family and friends. God Bless him.
Allen WilliamsonDecatur, TX
So many sweet memories of our time with Derek! Sending love and prayer your way from the staff at LACES.
LACES STAFFLovington, NM
Sweet precious Derek. My prayers and love to your family.
Barbara LaneRioRancho, NM
My condolences to the Reber family. Derek was a precious young man who will be missed.
Sandy SmithLovington, NM
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers.
James FamilyHobbs, NM
I'm so so sorry for your loss. Derek was such sweet sweet boy. I heard so many wonderful things about.
Crystal McCartMonahans, TX