The world mourns the death of Derek Venlet, a musical inspiration to many. Derek Venlet died early Saturday morning, 15 April 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. Derek’s death has left a void in the hearts of those who had the good fortune to know him. Derek’s wife shared the news of his death with sadness.
Derek Venlet Early Life and Education
Derek Venlet was an alumnus of Westminster High School and later pursued his higher education at California State University, Long Beach. His journey in music began early, and he was known for his infectious grin and boundless enthusiasm.
Derek Venlet Career and Achievements
Derek served as the director at Irvine High and was also associated with the Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps. His dedication to music was evident in his role as the conductor at Irvine High School, where he played a pivotal role in shaping the futures of many young music students. Derek’s talent was not just limited to teaching; he was also a part of “Blast,” a Broadway-style show that combined choreographed brass, percussion, and pageantry.
Derek Venlet Personal Life
Derek was a devout Christian, a loving husband, and a doting father. His wife fondly remembers him as her “red-headed gentle giant” and has shared heartwarming memories of their 23 years together, filled with laughter, love, and the joy of raising their two children, Jimmy and Josephine.
Derek Venlet Legacy
Derek’s impact on the music community and his students was profound. He was often described as a kind, gentle giant with a passion for music and a heart that cared deeply for the youth. His memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew him, and he will be remembered for the laughter, joy, and inspiration he brought into their lives.
Memorial Service For Derek Venlet
To honor Derek’s life and legacy, a gathering is scheduled on May 13th, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Irvine High School Gym. This event will be a celebration of his life, filled with music, stories, laughter, and food. Additionally, a Facebook event will be created to share the details of the gathering.
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- Phillip Maxwell Smith Obituary: In His Loving Memory
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Support for the Family
In these challenging times, the community is coming together to support Derek’s family. Donations will be collected to assist them, and details regarding the same will be shared soon.
Derek Venlet’s legacy will continue to inspire and touch the lives of many. His dedication to music, his love for his family, and his commitment to his students will always be remembered. Rest in peace, Derek Venlet. Your memory will forever be cherished. To know more details be with us on our Twitter account.