Derek Scott Martin
July 16, 1987 – March 17, 2020
Derek Scott Martin, 32, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Lincoln, California. Derek was born in Wellington, Kansas on July 16, 1987. He is a graduate of Wellington High School, class of 2005. Derek excelled at academics, technology, and sports, to included baseball, basketball, and his passion—golf. He was on the high school golf team and worked at the golf course. As a child, Derek was very silly, energetic, and extremely outgoing; he would make friends on vacation that may be decades older than him. He will be remembered by childhood friends as “D-Money,” the guy who loved playing poker and had an infectious laugh. Derek knew from a young age that he wanted to join the military. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2006. Upon graduating from Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas, he was assigned to MacDill AFB, Florida as part of the 6th Security Forces Squadron. His marksmanship was so impressive that he received an invitation to go to sniper school, to which he declined to stay with his family. Derek enjoyed cracking jokes at work and occasionally pulling over the cute girl going 2mph over the speed limit just to catch a glimpse of her. Derek loved his job and was quick to volunteer for deployments. He proudly served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times. Derek took pride in his job and was able to gather vital intelligence of adversary movement while still helping the local populace. In fact, his efforts even touched the hearts of the band Metallica to where they provided him with items to donate to these children. Derek was happiest being with his military brothers and sisters. He was a decorated war veteran and recipient of the prestigious Purple Heart. Derek married Renee Michelle (Grove) Martin in Tampa, FL on September 14, 2011, who was also active duty. Derek moved from Clearwater Beach to Lakeland, FL, separated from the military in 2012, and went to Professional Golfers Career College in Orlando, FL, specializing in an associate’s degree in pro golf management, a dream he had long aspired to accomplish. Derek graduated top of his class in 2013, holds the course record with a 59, and has qualified for numerous tournaments. In 2013, the young family moved to Visalia, California upon learning Renee would become a Recruiter. Derek worked hard as an assistant golf professional at Valley Oaks Golf Course, and most recently, at Lincoln Hills Golf Club; the family moved to Lincoln, CA a few years ago. Additionally, Derek was in his final semester of school; he would graduate this spring with his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Due to Derek’s love for the military and helping others, Derek partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project and spent a great deal of time talking about his military experiences with local veterans, hoping that sharing his stories would help others. Derek always believed there were others that needed help more than himself. In conjunction with one of his Air Force brothers, who like Derek suffered from PTSD, he co-founded the nonprofit, Rimpact Foundation, in 2014. Rimpact stood for “Reaper Impact”, partly named after the namesake of the Security Force moniker, the Reaper. He always believed sports, especially golf, was a way to ease the pain people felt, especially those with PTSD and TBI ailments. Rimpact’s mission was to bring wounded warriors together around the game of golf, and Derek was key in acquiring donations for equipment, rounds of golf, and lessons. Derek got such joy volunteering his time to teach golf lessons outside of the organization and work, as well as being a regular volunteer at his children’s elementary school. Derek was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and a loyal fan to his favorite band, Metallica. He enjoyed running, having a good beer, being in the snow, cooking, playing video games, talking to people, and being silly with his kids. Derek coached his son’s youth football, basketball, and baseball teams. The kids loved Derek’s silliness and sense of humor. Derek truly was a big kid at heart and enjoyed being home with his wife and kids. Derek is survived by his wife of eight years, Renee, and their two children, Kayson James and Kalli Faith, of Lincoln CA; his son, Parker Scott, of Wellington, KS; parents Robert (Sandy) Martin of Winfield, KS; parents Paula (Shawn) Coffman of Goldsboro, NC; eldest sister Laura (Angel) Roman of Erzenhausen, Germany; and youngest sister Melanie (Brian) Marshall of Fort Walton Beach, FL. Derek was the uncle to Kamryn and Olivia Roman, Cooper and Savannah Marshall, and Jayce Grove; son-in-law to John and Cheryl Grove of Shirleysburg, PA; brother-in-law to JC (Brittany) Grove of Shirleysburg, PA; and bonus brothers Shane and Ryan Conover of Winfield, KS. Derek leaves behind grandmothers Elaine Martin of Conway Springs, KS and Beverly Hemmen of Derby, KS, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Derek is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Gene Martin and Paul Hemmen, uncle Bill Martin, and aunt Jeanna Martin. A viewing will be held at Lincoln Funeral Home in Lincoln, California, for immediate family only. A Celebration of Life with full military honors will be held in Lincoln, CA at a place and time to be determined. All are invited to come and share a moment with Derek for this occasion. A Celebration of Life with an Honor Guard compliment will be held at Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery in Winfield, KS, shortly upon his return to his birthplace, time to be determined. Lincoln Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences and memories for the family may be mailed to the funeral home (406 H. St., Lincoln, CA 95648) or shared at www.dignitymemorial.com. Please post memories so his children can have a book made with all the wonderful memories of their father with the mortuary page or the GoFundMe page. In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe page is available at https://www.gofundme.com (search: Derek Scott Martin), as well as a Trust Fund, to help Derek’s three children with their future.
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Derek Scott Martin
March 28, 2020
I met Derek at Lincoln Hills Golf Course, when he was teaching Adaptive Golf. He was so fun and smart and helpful - and one day he even showed up dressed in classic golf clothes, which made us all smile :)
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss - I won't forget Derek and the kindness that he showed me
March 26, 2020
Please feel our comforting prayers and absolute strong belief that Derek does watch over his mourning Earthly Follow left behind, Amen ! Hang in there, his own family and friends, unto being Reunited through Heaven’s Gate , entering Paradise, for Always, one Beloved day.
All of our sympathy and Blessings unto All,
Jennifer Frenkil and Diana, Timothy, and Zachary Martin
March 24, 2020
From the first day we saw you as neighbors you opened up your whole life to my family. You shared golf clubs with me, your time with my boys and always looked out for Kristin and the family while I was working or out of town. My boys adored playing with you because they knew you would never say no to anything. Learn how to catch a football? Sure! Shoot a basketball? Absolutely! Let them play like crazy on your bounce slide until 11 at night? No problem! You gave so much of yourself to others without ever asking for anything in return. I will always do my best to help keep giving your kids the love you showed them. Here’s to that next round of golf
March 24, 2020
I only knew Derek as “coach” as he was my sons flag football coach for 2 years. He was so attentive and responsive and I felt he genuinely cared about every kid on the teams both on and off the field. My heart breaks for his family and for the community because his loss is a loss for all of us. Rest In Power, Coach Derek. You were one of the good guys, indeed.
March 24, 2020
I am lost for words, but during this time of grief I would like to reflect on all the good things my son did in life. After reading so many messages from people I don't know that met or knew of Derek, I feel so much better knowing my son was a true Hero on and off the battlefield. He Loved kids! Not just his own, but kids over in Iraq and Afghanistan that had no quality of life. All they knew was war, and my son was changing that every chance he got. He helped start the RimPact Foundation, that would help wounded vets, or those suffering from PTSD through learning the game of golf. He felt good helping others, but yet felt guilty feeling he needed help himself, so he hid it very well. He may of came back from the war, but the war never left his head. He told me once, "dad, I feel so guilty making it back when so many of my brothers in combat did not." I think he carried that guilt around and could never forgive himself. I told him how proud of him I always was.
To Renee: my son loved you! You were his rock! Please don't live your life feeling guilty. Derek would not want that. He would want you to move on, be happy and take care of his kids. You will always be my daughter-in-law.
To Kayson and Kalli: your daddy love you both with all his heart. You were his life. Treasure the memories you have of him and know he will always be in your heart and watching over you.
To John and Cheryl: Thank you from the bottom of my heart, not only for loving my son, but being there for him, Renee and the kids when they needed you most.
To Paula: We raised on awesome son! He would not want you to grieve, but to remember him in the good times, and there are so many
To both of my daughters, Laura and Melanie: Your brother loved you! That I do know. Even though it may not have been normal showing it by being distant, always know he did that to protect you both.
To Sandy: you have been my rock! Im sorry for shutting you out during this during time of grief, so thank you!
March 23, 2020
It’s so hard to fine the right words! My thoughts & prayers are with you all , I was only around Derek a couple of times, loved him right away , he just made a room glow, with his smile! He will truly be missed! R.I. P. Derek. God Bless & be with you all, he will help you through this. ❤️ 🙏🙏🙏
March 23, 2020
So hard to find words to express the deep sadness that has affected so many including myself over this tragic loss. Derek was not only my son-in-law, loving husband and amazing father but just an all around great person. He touched the lives of everyone he came in contact and always put others before himself . Just few of the MANY memories I have include talking about cooking (he loved to cook), football, the Rimpact Foundation (which he cofounded ), playing UNO with the kids, and just relaxing as family and having normal everyday conversations. Derek was all about inspiring kids. He would leave inspirational quotes in his kids lunchboxes. Also, he enjoyed and took great pleasure in coaching kids football and basketball. I could go on and on.
To Renee: Know that Derek loved you so so much. I'm so sorry for your loss. Know I am here to help and support you in whatever you need.
To Kayson and Kalli: Your dad was an amazing Father and took so much pride and joy in being there and taking care of you guys and supporting you. He loved you more then anything.
I love you Derek ALWAYS AND FOREVER! Until we meet again, R. I. P.
March 23, 2020
He saved my son's life in Afghanistan. For this I will always be grateful. RIP Reaper😢
March 23, 2020
May God fill the family with hope and love. I'm so proud and honored that he served and kept us safe, God surely needed him more than us.
Paula, I love you and will keep all in our prayers
March 23, 2020
I have memories of Derek starting with his ray of sunshine when he came into our daycare. He always wanted to know how we were and if there was something he could do for us. He had this compassion for us old folks that men of his age would generally wouldn’t have. He knew I liked elephants so he would hunt down ones where ever he might be and buy one for me. He knew I loved pretzel bread. He on many occasions would come over where I was sitting and gently place this ham on pretzel roll on my table he said he just loved them I told him oh yep love them too. They were like a little treasure that he wanted to share with me and he would even get one for Papa Lanny and he would say I hope he likes his treat. He would send us pictures of all the kiddos fun activities always including us. I was so amazed how he would plan daddy daughter days. He would take Kalli to get her nails done and then lunch and managed to fit in a trip to feed the ducks. There were pictures of every event and thoughtfully sent to us to enjoy. Derek thought we needed dinner one night so he fixed us both a steak dinner and delivered it to us with all the trimmings. I couldn’t get over the thoughtfulness he always had shown us. There were many occasions of these little treats he would give. He was the most giving person I think I have had the honor to know. He just gave so much of himself. He would share how he would help in Kalli’s class and Kayson class and then travel clear to San Francisco to take a class to improve his education which would help his family ultimately. He knew this sacrifice for them. He even made his dog Liberty homemade food he sent a picture to me what he had made for her. I laughed and said Derek that looks good enough to eat. He said she will have this for a while. Just always looking out for even the least of us. He will always be in our memories. He will always be our Hero. I am so honored to be able to help Renee with Kalli and Kayson at this time. We love you all so much
March 20, 2020
I don't know what to say! This is such a tragedy for everyone! But in this time of sadness we need to remember the good times! My love goes out to all my family! Especially Renee and my grandchildren! I hope you can find the peace you need at this time!