Derek Zachary Lee

Derek Zachary Lee, 27, passed away on October 17, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Derek was born on November 12, 1993 to Crystal Hamm. Derek was preceded in death by his Grandfather James Aubrey Lee , Uncles Christopher Leavell and Jonathan “Bonji” Leavell.

He is survived by his son Ezra Lee, whom he loved so incredibly much. His Mother, Crystal Hamm, Fathers, James Johnson, Derek Lee, and step-father David Hamm. Sisters, Kyliegh Johnson, Alex Johnson, and Taylor Hamm. His grandparents Donna and Lloyd Leavell, Kathy and Gordon Johnson, and Vickie and Tom Gates and the countless family and friends whom he loved with his entire heart.

There are not enough words that can describe what a beautiful person Derek was. He truly loved with all of his being . He never judged a book by its cover. He accepted everyone he knew as they were and not only accepted them for who they were but loved them more for it. You don’t meet a lot of people who love without judgement like Derek did. It is truly a blessing to have been loved by him.  

Derek had a faithful love for Jesus, his savior and he would never shy away from a deep conversation about his beliefs. His giving nature is proof of his unwavering love for God. He radiated his light and joy to every person he met.

Derek had passion for many things including music, fishing, sports, and fashion but his main passion was people. Anyone that was lucky enough to call Derek a friend knew what true friendship was. He was always willing to lend his ear to anyone who needed it, but it was so much more than an ear because when Derek listened to someone’s problems he felt their problems as deeply as they did. He was the definition of an empathic person.

Derek’s love for his family was unmeasurable.

His heart knew no bounds when it came to those closest to him.

Please join us in honoring of his life.

In Lieu of flowers we are asking for donations to Bay Area Recovery Center

Viewing for Derek will be held on Friday, October 22,2021 at 6pm. Funeral Services for Derek will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Crowder Funeral Home in 1645 E Main St. League City, Tx at 10 am. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.  Pallbearers will be; James Johnson, David Hamm, Josh Leavell, Charles Doize, Riley Leavell, Shaquille Cyril, Erin Nisbet.


  1. My sincerest condolences to the whole family.
    May God comfort you through this tragic time.

    AIMEE Koenig
  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for all who loved him .

    Kelly McGinty
  3. Praying for peace and comfort during this tragic time. May Derek rest
    in the Lord’s hands. We will miss you!

    Miranda Love
  4. My deepest condolences to your whole family. I pray that you find love and comfort in this very difficult time and that God wraps his arms around your family.

    The Powell Family
  5. We are heartbroken for your family. Derek was one of the sweetest young men I’ve ever met.

    Linda and Sam Cardella
  6. My heart breaks for the families. May God bless them all with comfort, peace and love.

    Laurie Labit
  7. My deepest sympathy and love for you all. My prayers that God will bring you peace and comfort. May he wrap his arms around you and hold you in your time of need. Love y’all,

    Carolyn Bulot

    Carolyn Bulot
  8. Crystal, my most sincere condolences to you and your family. I can’t imagine the grief of losing a beloved child. May the Lord hold you during this time, and help you all. Praying for you .

    Alice Troxel
  9. Prayers for peace for the many friends and family

    Jimenez Family
  10. My family and I are praying for you and your family so hard right now. Love you all and here for you whenever you need an ear, a shoulder, a hug…..💙

    Jennifer Cardella
  11. James,so very sorry for your loss. sending you lots of prayers.

    Susie Prentice
  12. Crystal I am so sorry for your loss. My wife and I will keep you and your family lifted in prayer. I’ve always known you to be a strong lady. Remain strong. God is good and He will see you through this. He will…..YES , He will !

    Charles and Nola
  13. Our Love and Prayers go out to his family. I was homered to call Derek my friend and he will not be forgotten.

    Winn Family
  14. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Derek and he was such an amazing young man. Your family is my prayers🙏

    Stefanie Reece
  15. Alex, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. My heart is breaking for you all and I want you to know we are here for you if you need anything. Your brother is no longer suffering and there’s always some comfort knowing that he is in a better place. Taken way to soon. Much love to you!!!

    Tracy and Hannah Tangedal
  16. I love you Derek we met at cenikor and I can’t even put in words that I’m finding this out I know ur in a better place now

    Kason. Hanks
  17. Crystal, words cannot comfort like the Word. Our hope is in His word. I am saddened for you and your family and pray for God to meet you in the shadows of your brokeness, for He is close to the broken hearted. God bless you and keep you, may His peace be upon you and comfort you. God bless you. I remember the hymn. What a day that will be, when my Jesus i shall see, when i look upon His face the one who saved me by His grace. Oh what a wonderful day that will be. goes on to more sickness, no more pain, no more parting over there…the comfort is knowing we will meet Derek in the presence of our Savior soon.

    John Valdez

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