Derek Daniel Favinger was born in Newport, RI on May 15, 1966 and passed away on March 20, 2022. His father was Dean DeLoss Favinger, his mother was Emily Mary Halemano and his step mother was Jane Favinger.
He married his honey, LaVeta Kirkpatrick on July 31, 1997 in Smith Center, KS. They were together for 31 years total. Throughout these years, they shared a lot of love, laughter and tears.
His greatest joy in life was being called “Papa”. His grandbabies were his whole world. He never knew the word “no” when it came to them. His face lit up the second he saw them, even if it was a 5-minute time span and run to hug them.
“Ohana” had the most meaning to him. It didn’t matter if you shared the same blood type or not, you were family and he made it known. He was always so family oriented and wanted to be at every event he could.
The best things he gave to this world were his huge, perfect smile and his warm, tight hugs. He had a laugh that you could hear for miles and the biggest heart out of anyone on this planet. Everyone will forever cherish that last hug and “I love you”.
He is preceded in death by his brothers Charles “Wes” Fannin and Richard Fannin, Father Dean Favinger, Niece Crystal Staples, Paternal Grandparents Sylvester and Inez Favinger, Maternal Grandparents John and Mary Halemano and Aunt Wanda Belden.
He is survived by his siblings: Georgianna (Tim) Staples, Linda Bennett, Maria (Daryl) Staples, Jonathan Favinger, Cindy (Pat) White, Tammy (Sharon) Roth, his children: Nicole Nawyn, Michael (Becca) Favinger, Stephanie (Matt) Watt, Curtis Favinger, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, grandchildren and friends.
We will all miss him deeply. Until then, ALOHA!