It was early in the morning on September 26, 2020 that Derek James DuBois returned to live with his heavenly family after spending a lifetime making the best of the challenges and obstacles life had placed in his path.
Derek was born in Salt Lake City and was the oldest son of Daniel & Sheila DuBois. He is survived by his parents, his younger brother Robert (Robbie), two Grandmothers, Maurine Dubois & Roxie Blume. He was preceded in death by his younger brother Michael, and Grandfathers Martin Dubois and Helmut “Bob” Blume.
Derek showed his love and affection to everyone he encountered by giving them a big bear hug and kiss on the cheek. It did not matter if you were family or a stranger, everyone got the same hug and kiss.
Growing up Derek and his brother Robbie were active in Scouting, where even with their disabilities and limitations they both were accepted and befriended by a group of young men who have maintained contact with us even to this day. Thank you for your example of love and support.
As Derek grew, he was able to create new bonds of love and friendship with the people who cared and look after him. We would like to thank the staff and all those involved at Frontline Services and Utah State Developmental Center for the care and support that was given to Derek. A special thanks to the doctors and nurses at American Fork Hospital, and to Doctor Steve who took the time out of his busy schedule to sit and comfort Derek on his final night here on earth.
- Survived By
- Dan DuBois, Father
- Sheila DuBois, Mother
- Robert/Robbie DuBois, Brother
- Maurine Dubois, Grandmother
- Roxie Blume, Grandmother
- Preceded in Death By
- Michael DuBois, Brother
- Martin Dubois, Grandfather
- Helmut Blume, Grandfather
Life Story Info
Cause of Death
Religion and Beliefs
High SchoolWest Jordan High
- South Valley School
I worked with Derek and took care of him for the last 2 years or so. There are lots of things I could share and would share with Derek's family. But I will not share some of those things here. I will be selective. Derek and I had our ups and downs. What I will always remember about Derek is his ability to make me smile, laugh, and think of Jesus. He was frequently excited to see me when I showed up for my shift and greeted me with my name and a big goofy smile. We talked a lot. He sat by me and we watched tv or movies. He made me smile as he watched the television and he kissed the t.v. (big buddha on fox 13) or watched the Ryan Seacrest/ Kelly rippa show and he imitated their guests by breakdancing. When we watched a muppets movie and miss piggy was in the pool.. Derek would pretend he was swimming in the water by making swimming gestures. Thank you Derek for making me smile and laugh. Love you brother. Glad you are able to lead the choirs in heaven as you frequently did here on earth. So cool to meet your family..
Particularly your mother and your brother Robbie.. look forward to seeing you again in the next life. God be with you til we meet again. P.s. your funeral service was the first time I'd congregated and sang hymns for like 6 months or so. I thank you for that. "You were our sunshine".