Memorial services were held at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, in Mountain Home on Saturday, July 8. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home. Arrangements were under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.
Derek was born Aug. 30, 1972, in Mountain Home, to Jere and Anna Cochran. He grew up and lived most of his life in Boise. He attended Campus and Garfield Elementary, East Junior High and graduated from Boise High School in 1990.
After high school, Derek enlisted in the United States Army. He began his training in Fort Knox, Kent., with the Tanker Division. He was then stationed in Fulda, Germany, where he served the rest of his four-year enlistment, and was honorably discharged in 1994.
"Derek was definitely a proud serviceman for his country," his family said.
After arriving home, he then went to work for four years with Nordic Aire. It was in 1997 that he was able to work side by side with his father at Industrial Cooling Equipment as a Refrigeration Service Technician, where he was employed until his death. "Derek truly enjoyed his work because it was challenging and he learned something new every day," his family said. His father noted, "Derek had a work ethic few people could ever attain."
Derek enjoyed many things in life, especially anything to do with the outdoors. He loved to go snowmobiling, ride dirt bikes, and go camping. He went "treasure hunting" and collected old marbles, bottles and license plates. He was very mechanical at heart and had many cars that were his"works in progress."
"Although Derek was very shy and a man of few words, he had a huge heart and was very sensitive, caring and would do anything to help a friend in need. He was loved by many and will be missed by even more," his family said.
Derek is survived by: his father, Jere (Cindy); sisters, Michelle (Timm), and Katie, and also by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Cochran, grandfather Lloyd Cochran, grandmother Lois Bermensolo, grandmother Agatha Cochran and an uncle.