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.