Derek Parker Memorial Fund
Derek Wayne Parker was born August 20, 1990 in Eureka, CA to John W. Parker and Suzanne E. Olson. He was a graduate of Eureka High School and attended College of the Redwoods. Growing up, Derek's focus was always on sports, especially baseball. He learned from the two coaches in his life; his Grandpa Wayne and his dad. He could recite from memory team players, their stats, what teams won in what division in what year. His favorite sports teams were all in "The Bay": S.F. Giants, Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers. He would travel to watch them play every chance he got. Derek was in a tragic car accident and died from his injuries on September 11, 2016. He was 26 years old.
In keeping with his passion, Derek's grandparents, Robert Gish & Joan Rainwater-Gish, along with their family, have established a memorial fund to honor his memory. Advising Derek's fund are his mother and sister, Kasidy. From the smallest needs (cleats, uniforms, travel expenses, equipment) to support to help gifted athletes to thrive if given a solid foundation and a leg up. This fund has been set up in hopes of inspiring local youth athletes, who are playing just for fund or who excel in their sport, to reach for their dreams.Donate to Derek Parker Memorial Fund