On January 24 after a courageous battle with COVID pneumonia, Derrick Charles Peavler, 65, said goodbye to all of us.
Derrick was born December 17, 1956, to William and Rhea Peavler in Ogden, Utah. He was born the fourth of 11 children and raised in Northern Utah.
He met his future and only wife, Judy, of 43 years on a blind date in Logan, Utah; a relationship that started with a Hershey’s Kiss and a twinkle in his eye. The couple were married on August 25, 1978, and decided to move to Wyoming to build a life together. A part of this life was to raise their children, Austin and Randi, in the town of Green River.
Derrick loved camping with his family, going on vacations and road trips, fishing, rock hunting and the joys of home ownership. Always the resourceful man, he had a knack for fixing and inventing new solutions to any problem. He was known for his passion for archery hunting, taking off of work during the month of September to hunt “the big one”. He loved being out there, either alone or with hunting buddies and his family.
Derrick was a faithful employee at Solvay Minerals for more than 30 years. He built lifelong relationships with his coworkers and work was a source of pride in his life. He was due to retire on January 17, 2022.
Derrick is survived by his wife Judy Peavler; his son Austin Peavler; his daughter Randi Munoz and son-in-law Tomas; two granddaughters Ryleigh Jeppesen and Adrianna Munoz; his siblings Matt (Barbara), Mark (Janet), Connie (Terry) Shy, Zed (Marilyn), Kip, Lex (Mary), Maryann (Michael) Holbrook, Crystal (Cleo) Tannous, Spring (Herb) Runyan; sister-in-law Joanie; his bonus daughter Glenda.
Derrick was preceded in death by his parents, brother Michael, mother-in-law Betty, Grandmother Florence, and too many other loved ones and good friends.
Cremation has taken place; and a celebration of life will be February 5 at 1 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 88 N 2nd E St, Green River, WY. Join us with your best Derrick story to celebrate the life of this wonderful man. Food will be provided, no dress code come as you are.