Derek Wayne Brumfield, 42, of Santa Barbara, CA, and formerly of Clovis, NM, passed away on December 20th, 2018, in Albuquerque, NM while visiting friends and family for the holidays.
A celebratory memorial will be held on December 28th at The First United Methodist Church (1501 Sycamore Street) in Clovis, NM, at 1pm. Arrangements will be provided by Steed-Todd Funeral Services of Clovis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to RBI, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, and National Parks Conservation Association, in Derek’s name would be appreciated.
Derek was born in Clovis, NM, to Don and Gayla Brumfield on April 8th, 1976. He attended school in Clovis, graduating from Clovis High in 1994. Derek attended Eastern New Mexico University and The University of New Mexico, graduating from UNM in 1999. Derek married Tori (Gibson) Brumfield on October 16th, 1999 in Clovis. He began his career as a financial planner with Fidelity Investments in Dallas. Derek and Tori later relocated to Phoenix with their daughter (Kendall Brumfield) to work with Morgan-Stanley. In 2001, Derek and his family moved to Santa Barbara, CA where he would eventually realize a life-long dream of starting a company with his childhood friend (Landon ”Kasey” Kelt) and the Kelt family, naming it The Kelt Group (TKG). Together, they braved the ups and downs of the market, humbly beginning in a small office in Montecito, CA. Derek played an integral part in growing the business to a team of 11 professionals in a beautiful office on upper State Street in Santa Barbara. Derek served as the Principal Founding Partner and Director of Investment Platform at TKG Financial, LLC. He directed private client assets and portfolio construction, consulting and supervising the investment product platform at TKG Financial.
There are people you meet in life that you just never forget. Derek was one of these people. He had a love of life and passion for living it to the fullest. His deep and hearty laugh, big bear hugs, and absolutely hilarious personality would draw you in and make you feel like you were his best friend even if you just met him. He had a loyal tribe of friends growing up, that to this day, are the strongest of bonds. And throughout his college and professional life even more friendships were created, each one as important as the other. Derek’s biggest love was his love of family. He loved big and he loved hard. He had a tender heart and reveled in everyone being together, especially during the holidays. He was the one who kept everyone entertained with his jokes, silliness and infectious smile. He was a momma’s boy with big brown eyes, his dad’s best buddy that he text everyday just to make jokes and check-in. He loved his sister as his best friend from the day he was born. He was his Grandad Marvin and Grandma Mary’s pride and joy. We have peace during time knowing that his Grandad Marvin was waiting at the gates of heaven with big bear hug. He loved his aunts and uncles deeply and enjoyed his bonds with cousins. He was a best friend and brother to Scott his brother-in-law and was the idol of his niece Kate and nephew Nic.
For 22 years he was a devoted husband to wife Tori, and a very proud, deeply dedicated father to daughter Kendall, about whom he bragged whenever given the opportunity or someone to tell. He was excited to see Kendall and her boyfriend Tim’s relationship grow and considered Tim a son, and worthy to be Kendall’s future.
Derek had a passion for the outdoors and a love of nature. He could often be found hiking the beautiful trails of Santa Barbara county and taking in the sights of many national state parks. Derek loved his home state of New Mexico, returning there as often as he could to visit his family, friends and clients. The mountains of Capitan held a special place in his heart, as it was there that he formed an everlasting bond with his granddad, father, uncles, nephew and cousins.
Derek loved all sports. His true love was baseball, claiming a life-long loyalty to the New York Yankees (which he shared with his granddad and mom). He fulfilled his bucket list of seeing the Yankees win two World Series in Yankee Stadium. He also loved New York City and was proud of his accomplishments of running in the New York City Marathon, once 25 years after his granddad Marvin completed the same race and a second two years later.
Derek is preceded in death by his granddad Marvin Huguley , grandparents Victor J. and Willie Mae Brumfield and his loyal four-legged companion, Jasper. He is survived by his wife Tori, daughter Kendall, parents Don & Gayla Brumfield, grandma Mary Huguley, sister Cristi (Scott) Lubera, niece Kate, nephew Nic, uncle Ricke Huguley, aunt Carla (Bill) Carter, cousins Matthew and Mark Carter (and their families), his best dog pal, Frankie and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Derek helped us with stocks after we lost Eric's mom (who also worked with Derek). He was always cheerful, very helpful and never made us feel uncomfortable when we had questions or needed anything. He was the type of man you would want to do business with. We are praying that the God of all comfort would be with you all at this time.
Eric and Angie PetersenPlummer, ID
May God be with you during the days to come remembering his life well lived.
Richard & Jane RyboltClovis, NM
Our hearts are broken and very sorry for your loss. There are no words to say at a time like this except that you are in our prayers. Paul & Virginia
Paul & Virginia LeClearClovis, NM
Don & Gayla, I just heard the news about your son from Aunt Louise. Like her, our hearts break for you in the passing of your handsome son. You have so many reasons to be proud of him! There must be nothing harder in life than to survive our children. Don, your parents knew that all too well. Just like them, I pray that you two and Derek's wife and daughter will hold tight to the promise for the future given to us through the Child who slept in a manger. May each Christmas season that follows remind you of the sure hope that you have for a reunion with your precious son. Our prayers for you will continue.
Mike & Deby (Brumfield) PrinceHot Springs National Park, AR
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry to hear this very sad news.
Loretta KosAlbuquerque, NM
May the Lord watch over you and your family at this time
Michael LuskClovis, NM
My deepest condolences go out to you and your family!! May God wrap you in his arms and carry you through these tough times!! Our biggest comfort is that we will be together again someday! God bless you and your family!! You are in our prayers!!
Mary CrispClovis, NM
I have no words but would like to share a short prayer..."God, bless my friends in what ever it is that You know they may be needing this day! May their lives be full of Your peace, prosperity and power as they seek to have a closer relationship with You. Amen" Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hugs...Gary and Cindy Lynch
Cindy K. LynchRuidoso, NM
My deepest sympathy to the family for your great loss. Although pain and sorrow fills your hearts at this time, may you find comfort and strength in the Almighty God words at Psalms 34:18 "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit....“If a man die, shall he live again?” asked the man Job long ago.(Job 14:14,15) Perhaps you, too, have wondered about this. The reuniting with your loved ones is possible right here in a New Paradise on earth soon to come. God's words makes the promise: “Your dead ones will live. . . . They will rise up.” And the Bible also says: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.”—Isaiah 26:19; Psalm 37:29. I hope that God Words will bring you comfort and peace!
I am truly sorry for your family's loss and will be praying for you all.
Jordan LloydNorth Salt Lake, UT
Don, Gayla, and family,
Our hearts are breaking for you. May you find Peace in your memories of your precious Derek. We know his granddad welcomed him with open arms. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. May God Bless You and Keep You in the days to come.
Bob and Barbara HillClovis, NM
Prayers to the family
Stephen BordersGulf Breeze, FL
Gayla, Don and all family of Derek, I am truly heartbroken at the loss of your wonderful son. Please know you are held in my heart and mind as you go through this unbelievably difficult time.
Linda GoodwinLafayette, CO
Our hearts are filled with sorrow, our love and prayers are outpouring to you all. We love you and are continually praying. God is with you and He will hold y'all through this difficult time.
Shane, Misty Davis and familyLubbock, TX
I will always remember Derek as a likable kid. When he was older he just had a positive attitude about life. I couldn’t help looking up to him - even though I’m 20 years older - when he became a financial advisor. He was so smart and successful.
Scott & Corinne BrumfieldBaton Rouge, LA
DON AND GAYLA MY HEART BREAKS FOR YOU LOSEING A LOVE ONE HURTS VERY MUCH PLEASE ACEPT MY CONDOLENCE AND PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY
randy beeversclovis, NM
May God grant peace
James SitterlyCape Coral, FL
No words can express the loss. Derek was the sweetest person you could know. He touched my heart when my husband Ray passed and he stayed after the services a extra day to be with my son Chad. He was so giving of himself. There will be a big hole left in many hearts that loved him.
Diana OsborneChecotah, OK
Kayla & Don, my heart breaks for you. May God comfort you, sending the angels to minister to you. May your memories be sweet and funny. With love, Deannie Smith.
Deannie SmithLubbock, TX
Don and Gayla,
We cannot imagine the heartbreak you are going through, our prayers are constant for you. We've gotten to know Derek this past year and we were so impressed with his professionalism, intelligence, and compassion with us. He was truly a remarkable young man.
Please let us know if there's anything we can do for you.
Rod and Tana WilliamsLa Veta, CO
My condolences on your loss. Prayers for peace and understanding..
Cynthia RickardIngram, TX