Derrick was was known for his kind heart, love of his dogs, and that amazing little home he made from tarps and trailers. If you ever met him you didn't forget it. Derrick lived on the land and the kindness of others, but his pets were always well fed and happy.
Derrick's untimely death has rocked the streets of Olympia. If things weren't bad enough, we are now faced with the daunting task of trying to locate his next of kin so that they can arrange his final resting place.
As a homeless man of the streets, Olympia became his family. Olympia, it's time for us to step up again and do the right thing for one of our own. If family does not come forward we need to have the ability to give Derrick a send off of dignity and compassion.
Working with the people at Woodlawn, we could have Derrick buried and memorialized for $4,000.00. The price breaks down as follows:
$1,100 Funeral Director
$750 To remove/replace earth at grave site
The above option is not a popular one in the community as everyone knew Derrick to be a free spirit and the thought of containing him in the ground just doesn't seem fitting.
There is also an option of having him cremated, and then his ashes buried in a smaller plot. We would need to raise $3,000.00 for that.
At the very least to give him a proper cremation we will need $1,225.00. A standard cremation after taxes and fees comes to $800.00. To scatter his ashes in Woodlawn's Scattering Garden and adding his name to the wall with a small plaque will be $425.00.
I would also like to purchase an urn to keep with some of his remains should his family be located.
I will personally be taking 100% of proceeds directly to the funeral home.
At this time (9/5/13) none of the family members have stepped forward to claim Derrick.
Many people have come forward with concerns for his three dogs, and as of today they are still being cared for by a friend of Derrick's.
Feel free to leave your respects for a gentle soul gone too soon from this world below.
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