Derek Richard Hall


Derek Richard Hall, passed away at the age of 36, on October 22, 2016.  Derek was born March 5, 1980 in Galveston, TX and was a lifelong resident of Santa Fe, TX.

He served in the U.S. Navy, was a self-employed Fabricator and Glass Blower, an award-winning Cook (Pit Master), member of the UpAllNighters BBQ Cook-off team, owner and writer for the Oakland Raiders Daily News Facebook page, member of the AFCWest Bloggers Facebook page, published writer in an article written by Bill Williamson: “FLASH POINTS: Franchise-turning events” (blogger name Micraider), and an advocate for NORMAL. Derek put his heart and soul into his family and friends. He had a passion for food, specialty beers, fishing, playing the guitar and was a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan.

Derek was a devoted, loving and irreplaceable husband and father. He was a friend that you called your “Brother”.  Derek is known for his passionate love of life, his vibrant personality, his ability to make the darkest room shine as bright as the North Star. His smile and laughter was contagious; for every second you knew him; you knew he loved you; a stranger to no one. His heart and soul was too big for this world and although he has left us in body, he will forever remain in our hearts.

Derek is preceded in death by his grandmother, Patsy Hayes; grandmother, Margie Hall and grandfather, Cyril Hall.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories and carry on his legacy, his wife of 11 years, Ryan Nicol Hall; daughter, Hannah Jane Hall; sons: Blaine Jason Hall and Cameron Michael Hall; father, Ricky Hall and mother Kathy Hall; sister, Tiffany Lee and husband, Nathan; nieces: Calysta Lee and Sydney Lee; father and mother in law, Mike and Diana Matakas and John Raney; his colorful band of brothers; and the children that knew him as their uncle.

There will be a memorial gathering held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 4:20pm – 8:40pm at the Crowder Fish Camp, 8911 Paula LN Dickinson, TX 77539 . In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at the following GoFundMe account:

The family is overwhelmed by the love and support everyone has shown them and cannot thank everyone enough.


  1. Forever, My Glass Ashtray Master…..(as I didn’t know you as “Sneaky”) you will forever be missed as my little cousins one and only true EVERYTHING RIP Derek Hall.
    To you Ryan, Blaine, Hannah, and Cameron: My deepest sympathies, love, and prayers for comfort, strength, and peace being sent to you always!

    Diane, Sean Cook & Dayhna and Drew Barnett

    Diane Cook
  2. Derek was truly a one of a kind young man, full of life and love for those he knew as family and friends alike. God bless all those that he loved and who mourn his loss. He was quite the “character” and I believe that is what will be missed the most.

    Perry and I will celebrate his life and keep all who knew and loved him in our prayers.

    God bless and comfort his family and friends during this difficult time.

    Kathy Hurley
  3. Shocked & saddened by his passing!! Seems like only yesterday we were all at Runge Park playing baseball. RIP Derek!
    Coe Ann Barron-McBee

    CoeAnn Barron-McBee
  4. “Sneaky” was a brother to me, somebody I knew I could call at anytime, and he was there for me. He was truley one of a kind. A loving spirt, who I never heard anyone say they didnt like. I will forever cherish our talks on the flight deck, and our stories on the back patio! taken to soon from us all. I love brother

    Brian Peterman
  5. so sorry I didn’t get to know you better.. wish I could have.. derek from what I have seen, you were a funny, always joking around, its shame god took you so soon, but maybe he has better plans for you ! either way I,ll see you on the other side!! god bless!!

    keith hipp
  6. Sending love to you and your family Ryan from Derek’s cousins in Australia.
    Helen Elsom and Family 28/10 2016

    Helen elsom
  7. Prayers for Ryan and the children. Sorry for your alls loss. RIP Derek. Sending love to you 4.

    Your cousin

    Tanya Berryman
  8. So many great memories of you Derek playing team sports through the years that will never fade away. Those days were truly a blessing. May God now wrap his arms around your entire family and gently wipe each tear away and replace them with peace and strength. Praying for you all during this most difficult time.

    David Williams and family
  9. God must be planning a big BBQ.
    My prayers for the family.

    Fred Tholen
  10. To our beloved nephew Derek of whom we’d known even before his birth. We love you Ryan & family and are happy we were there throughout the years as a constant and stable part of your childhood and upbringing. As your Uncle Ron & Aunt Deb Chapa and on behalf of your cousins you grew up with Alicia Chapa Barker & Xavier Chapa, we can say we will be in touch so the little 2nd cousins know each other. May you watch over them and us all from above. You are with your uncle Michael and will have some great jam sessions together. We love you. We know Ryan will have strength and carry on. We can’t fathom why this has happened on the path of your lives but there is a plan by the mighty one above. Peace be with all .💙

    Deb Chapa
  11. With my deepest sympathies.

    Robbie Johnson
  12. So sorry for your loss…..Prayers for all

  13. I met Derek in 2008/2009 in Sante Fe, Texas @ Southern California Valve, where we both worked. I walked into work one day and there he was, the first five minutes of our conversation was like I had known him my entire life. He had a kindred soul that would consume you into his genuineness. He was intelligent, and had a truck load of passion for his Family/Friends/Strangers/Raiders. Even though the Stelly family are deeply saddened by this shocking event, we are blessed to have been called “Friends” by the Hall Family, and we can’t help but smile when we look back at all of times we spent with them. To Ryan and the kids and extended family, we send our deepest sympathies!

    Thanks D! You were the realist dude I ever met!

    Otis J. Stelly III "Bubba"
  14. I’ve considered the entire Hall family my friends since I was 15 in 1977. Then I moved away and lost touch. Losing a child, a friend, husband, father, uncle and nephew this young is an absolutely unexplainable fact of life we all hate to hear about, much less experience.
    I did not have the pleasure to meet Derek, but I can see Rick and Skinny’s mischievous eyes in the pics. There are no good words to say during a trying time like this except, “I’m sorry”. Please know you all have my most sincere condolences
    It’s all just so wrong. My heartfelt love to all of you.
    Karen Gibbs-Loftin

    Karen Loftin
  15. I’m so very sorry for the loss of derick he is a good friend to my kids and has been our neighbor since he was young prayers for the whole family

  16. Dereck,
    I am honored to have known had the chance to know you. I am honored to call you my brother in Arms. Remember that in the few short years we were able to spend together I the US Navy. You were able to touch the lives Of all the you met. I remember times of Bar hopping at on Duval Street. Irish Kevin’s The Duval Beach club in Key West FL. I remember when you and Ryan first got together back in VFA-94 you guys were bright and shining. Dereck you were always the life of where ever were you were. I evjoyed being able to see how your family grew on FB after the Navy I will miss you.

    Brandon George

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