Derrick Stephen Lehmer, eldest son of Ana and Ron Lehmer, collapsed and passed away at his home in Fremont, CA on August 15th, 2015. He was 23. He was born in Los Angeles on February 8th, 1992. Derrick graduated from American High School in Fremont in 2010 and attended Foothill-De Anza Community College and had plans to pursue a degree in psychology at a four-year college. Derrick's short life was vibrant and always full of adventure. His spirit was energetic, compassionate, and charismatic. He was passionate about his convictions, loyal to his friends to a fault, loving and caring to his family, and a leader and protector to his younger brothers. As a teenager growing up in Los Angeles, he became a passionate Dodgers baseball fan. In fact, he was a fan of many sports and spent much of his leisure time watching football, baseball, and basketball. He enjoyed playing basketball and loved to go water-skiing whenever possible. Derrick learned to play the cello using the instrument that his great-grandfather Derrick Henry Lehmer had played. He ultimately became first chair cello in the Fremont High School orchestra in Sunnyvale, CA. His popular music tastes were far more eclectic, and he looked forward to music festivals such as Coachella and Outside Lands. He also had an interest in modern art and photography, making many trips to the local art museums. Derrick is survived by his mother and father, Ana and Ronald Lehmer, and his two younger brothers, Andrew and William. Family and friends are invited to attend a 5:00 - 8:00PM visitation with a 7:00PM Vigil on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd. A 12:30PM Mass of Resurrection will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 on Friday, August 21, 2015. A second visitation will be held at Calvary Mortuary, 4201 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023 on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 10:00AM - noon. A Rosary and Liturgy will begin at 12:45, followed by interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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  1. I’ll always remember how cute he was as a toddler trying to pronounce “Percy” the engine on Thomas The Tank Engine. Uncle Eric loves you forever.

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  2. I think Derrick’s first word was “mas” – more. He always wanted more out of life. On balance he gave more to us than he ever got in return – more smiles, more hugs, more tender sayings, more fun, more laughs and a lot more love. Derrick, you were a treasure to us and your warmth and good spirit will remain with me. Love you, Grandma and “Grandpuff”

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  3. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Derrick my entire life and met him a few years back when I moved to the Bay Area. I didn’t know a soul, had no friends and was in a really dark place in my life. Derrick became my first friend and introduced me to all his family and friends which led to me becoming a part of his close knit group. We quickly became the best of friends and eventually got an apartment together. I will cherish those days where we lived together for the rest of my life. I am proud to call him my best friend and a brother. I love you derkalerk.

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  4. A geniune good person that had faith in everyone he met..no negative energy at all you were welcoming, honest and could turn a delicate subject into stand up comedy 🙂 If only more people were like you this world would be a better place..I send my Love and respect brotha..Travel well my friend.

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