Selma, Oregon resident Derick L. Williams, 39, died April 10 as the result of an automobile accident. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lost Camp Bar and Grill in Kerby, OR. Derick was born March 1, 1984 in Anchorage, Alaska, to Debbie and Rick Williams. He was the eldest of three brothers, with whom he shared a special bond. After graduation, with honors, from Service High School in Anchorage, AK, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman. In 2006 he earned a bachelor’s degree in fish and wildlife biology. He worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game before moving to Selma in 2016.
On February 19, 2010 Derick married Amanda S. Eguia, the love of his life with whom he did everything. In Selma, Derick and Mandy started their own tractor business and recently purchased a native plant nursery as their new profession. Derick grew up enjoying everything that Alaska had to offer. He loved competitive sports including baseball, soccer, swimming, cross-country and downhill skiing. In junior high, he took up snowboarding, which led to his love of snowboarding the back country with friends and his dog, Boz. Derick also was an avid fisherman and hunter. Derick was loving, brilliant, and always a ray of sunshine for all. He was known as a kind and gentle soul.
Derick is survived by his loving wife Mandy, mother Debbie Seyer and father Rick Williams, stepfather (and wingman) Clint Seyer and stepmother Sara Williams; brothers Deven Williams and Dylan (Sophia) Williams. He leaves behind his uncles Dick and Larry, mother-in-law Toni Eguia, sisters-in-law Roni and Rebecca, brother-in-law Chris as well as special friends Chris, Adam, Tom, Janet, Grandma Melba, Auntie Pauline, Scott, Gina, Jessi and Clay and too many more to count. And he will be missed by his beloved dog Yeti and cat DaVinci. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law Charles Eguia and his sister- in-law Victoria Eguia.