About Derek & Dylan Taatjes.

On April 14, 2011 Derek Taatjes and his infant son, Dylan James, passed away in a tragic house ­fire, leaving behind Charity, mother and wife of 11 years, Ella (age 4) and Johanna (age 3). Additionally, the ­fire that took Derek and Dylan also ravaged the family’s home. In their time as a family of five, the Taatjes’ have left a lasting impact on their community, neighbors, friends, and...
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Who was Derek?

Who was Derek Taatjes? Can words ever capture a life? Derek was a servant leader. Since having kids, I don’t remember the last time I washed a dish, and every morning my sink was empty, the dishwasher full of clean dishes. He loved me and his children more passionately than anyone I have ever seen. We did life together—parenting, ministry, fun, just everyday life. We 100 percent...
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Things Derek felt passionately about.

Anyone that knew Derek would probably use the same word to describe him: passionate.  Here are some passions… The Bible – knowing it, being in it, breathing it Prayer David Crowder Band [>] Hillsong [>] James MacDonald [>] Mark Driscoll [>] Michael Jordan Tiger Woods Star Wars (the original three) Injustice His kids The Claw and fe fi fo fumb Hurley t-shirts Movies...
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What did Derek teach you?

Beyond anything, Derek like to share…His opinion, the Gospel, a good laugh. He was a pastor to many, both young and old. Join with others as they remember what they learned.
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Eulogy by Aaron DeGraaf

Written and delivered by Aaron DeGraaf at Derek and Dylan’s memorial service. Hi everyone – My name is Aaron DeGraaf. I’m up here today to talk to you about my amazing friendship with Derek.  So, I thought I’d begin by telling you how it all started. Derek and I both grew up in this church, but we didn’t know each other yet. Our story began back when I moved into a new school...
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Share a memory of Derek.

Most can agree, Derek is not easily forgotten. With a larger than life…everything, he filled the room with infectious personality, a warm smile and hugs to go around. We invite you to share your reflections with everyone that cared for him.
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