Derrick K. Velasquez, 47

Derrick K. Velasquez, age 47, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018. He was always so caring and thoughtful to others. Derrick loved the Pittsburg Steelers, and always had a cold beer and warm food waiting for anyone! He enjoyed spending time with his kids, nieces, and nephews. Derrick also loved hunting, fishing, camping and cooking for everyone. Some of his favorite music was country western and loved Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams Sr. / Jr. and Johnny Horton.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Ernest Rodriguez; grandma, Angelina Velasquez; 4 uncles and 1 aunt.

Derrick is survived by his life partner, Melissa Howard; father, Eugene; mother, Diana; brothers, Shawn and Damien; sister, Kendra; children, Ally, Katie, and Derrick Jr.; nieces, Bryce, Sidney, Khloe; and nephews, Skyler, Seth, Trace and Adam. He is also survived by many other family members from all across Southern Colorado. Forever laughing, singing, dancing as he always did! Cheers. We Love you forever!!

All services will be held at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m., and a Celebration of Life will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Urn bearers will be Shawn, Damien and Kendra Velasquez,

Honorary Urn bearers will be Skyler, Bryce, Sidney, Seth, Adam, Khloe, and Trace.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at