Leland “Lee’ Eugene Derrick, III, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his home in League City. He was born on March 31, 1953 in San Marcos, Texas to Leland Jr. and Carolyn Harris Derrick, grandson to Dr. Leland E. Derrick and Delia May Thomas Derrick of San Marcos, and Gay and Carolyn Lowery Harris of Wimberley. As a youth, he spent summers alongside his grandfather tending livestock and helping at Harris and Son Wool and Mohair store in Wimberley. He graduated from Parkway Central High School of Creve Coeur, Missouri in 1972.
Employed with Monsanto/Sterling Chemical Company, Texas City for 28 years and member of the company Emergency Response Team, he continued in the petrochemical industry for another 6 years until retirement. His interests included hunting, grilling, cooking, joking, and helping with church youth campouts and vacation Bible school. He enjoyed taking care of his granddaughter. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Loretta Bates Derrick, daughter Lindsay Elcure (Elias) of League City, son Russell Derrick of League City, sister Carolyn Alaniz (Clemente) of Channelview, brother Mark Derrick (Barbara) of Santa Fe, granddaughter Nia Elcure, and family and friends who will love and remember him. Visitation will be Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10am with a Celebration of Life Ceremony at 11am at League City Church of Christ, 1801 East Main, League City, Texas 77573. A graveside ceremony will be held on Tuesday Dec. 9, 1pm at the Wimberley Cemetery. Memorials for consideration are: Lone Star Warriors Outdoors http://lonestarwarriorsoutdoors.com/, andTexas Heart Institute, http://texasheart.org/.