Steven John Derby
Nov. 18, 1967 – Sept. 23, 2019
Steven John Derby, born Nov. 18, 1967, passed away at home Sept. 23, 2019.
The youngest child, he was born at Memorial Hospital to John and Marge Derby of Ceres. He lived his entire 51 years in the Ceres area.
Steven attended Washington Crippled Children’s School and Sonoma School in Modesto. His remaining education took place at Mae Hensley Jr. High, Ceres High School and Modesto Junior College. While in school he competed in the games for the physically challenged led by the amazing Bill Koski. He won the “Bart Bartoni Athlete of the Year Award” in 1985.
Known for his loving and giving spirit to all, Steven made a point of reaching out to help others. His impish smile and love of a good laugh brought joy to many. He was very much involved with his family and enjoyed the many gatherings and activities they shared. He never met a stranger, was a master of trivia and generously shared his “tips” to one and all. For his donation of many gallons of blood and volunteer work at the blood canteen, Steven was awarded the Red Cross Good Samaritan Award and the Modesto Hometown Hero Award. He believed that each of us has an ability to help others. His final act of generosity was to make certain that his organs be donated, so he might help someone live a healthier life.
In addition to his parents, Steven is survived by his brother David (Darlene) and sisters, Sherri (Steve) and Sherril (Paul). He felt blessed to be an uncle to one niece, seven nephews and two great nephews.
In keeping with Steven’s casual style, please join the family for a service, celebration of life, and friendship on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Ceres American Legion Hall, 2609 Lawrence St., Ceres. If it is your desire to continue Steven’s belief in giving, you may wish to know the family has established a fund to help graduating high school seniors further their steps towards rewarding careers. This fund is through the Modesto Red Shield Center, P.O. Box 580480, Modesto, CA 95358. Memo line: Steven Derby Fund.
–Ceres (Calif.) Courier
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019