Derek Marc Naylor
Derek Naylor
Derek Marc Naylor

May 16, 1980 - July 10, 2017
Born in Ogden, Utah
Resided in Pleasant View, UT
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Derek Marc Naylor
Derek was born in Ogden Utah May 16, 1980, son of Marc and Linda Naylor (Liberty, Utah).
“I’d rather die enormous than live dormant” posted by Derek, 2014. Derek did just that, he lived an enormous life in his short 37 years.
Derek scaled and clawed his way out of the valleys of addiction winning one battle at a time, always reaching the top of the mountain and having moments of clarity where he was able to help others and do great things. This nasty disease would suck him down over and over again into the valley of despair. It is cruel and evil and after years and years of battling he succumbed to it on July 10, 2017. You may say this disease took him from the world and in theory you would be right, but maybe this is just how his departure was always meant to be, and he ultimately knew it. How you arrive and how you depart this human life is a tiny minuscule part of your story. Derek was so much more than addiction and if this is all we see when we remember him and all the life he lived between the beginning and the end, we are sorely mistaken. He was so much more …….
What can you say about someone who had a brilliant, wickedly sarcastic sense of humor most could not understand. He had a way of teasing you, making you laugh and feel special all at the same time. He wasn’t afraid to say it like he saw it, unfiltered, raw and in his own, unique way.
His life would not be considered a long one, but it’s not about the length of time we are in this human experience, it is about the amount of living we do within the amount of time we are given. Derek definitely lived a full enormous life. From having a successful motor cross career starting at age 13, to jumping out of airplanes and going out on his own to start his very successful marketing company at the age of 21, then re-inventing himself over and over again. He craved knowledge of all kinds and was a self-taught genius. He didn’t just go off the beaten path, he blazed new trails others could not even comprehend. He vibrated on a whole other frequency and those lucky enough to have spun in his orbit consider themselves blessed.
Derek married the love of his life, soulmate and best friend Kristalyn Wade on February 16, 1999. He leaves her behind to finish her journey with their two darling daughters Addy (angel baby sweetie) and Aspen (monkey princess). His 3 girls were his world, he fought hard for them. He wrote about his wife saying, “I love her with every cell in my body and vibration of my soul, most of all our love is endless bliss and something I can’t put into words because it goes beyond the human intellect. I will always love you and am forever grateful, you are one of a billion that would have and has stuck by my side through all the s_ _ _ I have put us through. You have always been there for me, you truly are one-of-a-kind”. This sums up Krista and Derek’s love affair, it is endless and will go on forever. He was beyond proud of his amazing talented girls always supporting Addy in her singing career and Aspen in her dance. He was an involved father imparting many words of wisdom on his girls that they will carry with them always.
“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch” - Derek. He touched many lives and he will live on in all those who he imparted his unique wisdom to.
Derek is survived by his loving wife Kristalyn, two beautiful daughters; Addyson Lynne and Aspen Lynne, his parents Marc and Linda Naylor who stood by his side and fought hard for him, his siblings; Hope Cary (Asher), Josh Naylor (Aubrey), and Heidi Bradley (Spencer) all would have died for him. His fiercely loyal in-laws, Dave and Lynne Wade and Krista’s siblings; DJ Wade, Huston Wade (Kindra) and Kamdyn Wade all loved him dearly and claimed him as one of their own. His grandparents; Gerald and Cynthia Naylor, Barbara Wade, Gwen Jenkins, Leroy and Pat Harris and many nieces, nephews and extended family all adored him and will miss him beyond capacity and understanding.
Derek was preceded in death by his grandma, Norma Ramsey, two grandfathers; James Upshaw and Blaine Wade, his aunt, Debbie Smith, and three cousins; Justin Hall, Garrett Smith, and McKell Smith.
“When death finds me, it will find me climbing a new mountain, not sliding down an old one”. - Derek 2017.
Derek (Bear), you will be remembered for all the mountains you climbed and your large giving heart, we love you and we will look for you in all that is living and we will see you again on the other side. “Never give up - keep fighting” - Derek
Family will receive friends on Sunday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Ogden Mortuary; 845 Washington Blvd. Private services will be held on Monday.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the “Derek Naylor Remembrance Fund” at
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Celebration of Life
Myers Mortuary - Ogden
100 Monroe Blvd.
Ogden, UT US 84404
July 16, 2017
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM