Derek Brewer


Mass of Christian Burial for 38-year old Derek Brewer will be held Wed, Oct 12, 2022 at 10:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD, with Father Brad Held, SJ, officiating.

Cremation will follow the services with burial at a later date

A one-night wake service starts Tues, Oct 11, at 3:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge.

Derek Anthony Brewer was born February 16th,1984, in Pine Ridge, SD, to Julee (Yellow Elk) Brewer of Batesland, SD, and Barton Brewer of Pine Ridge.  Derek made his journey to the spirit world October 3rd, 2022, in Rapid City, SD 

Derek attended EB Bergquist Elementary School, and North Middle School in Rapid City.  He also attended Wolf Creek Middle School and Pine Ridge High School in Pine Ridge.  

Derek eventually moved on and graduated from Lead-Deadwood High School at Boxelder Job Corps with some of the highest honors.  A few of these include his high school diploma, a trade certificate in Business Technology, Student Leader, Student Government President, Lodge President, Recreational President, and mentor and friend to most.

From a young age, Derek had developed a distinct interest in horror movies and all things Halloween; his lifelong dream was to produce and direct horror movies.  With this goal in mind, he attended IAIA in Santa Fe, NM with a special interest in Film and Moving image production. 

Derek loved live concerts and shows, his first concert was Guns’N’Roses when he was 8 years old (despite terrified pleas from his mom).  

He was a die-hard Raiders fan, (Los Angeles, Oakland and Las Vegas).  He enjoyed WWF, WWE, reading and researching the paranormal, Rock’n’Roll autobiographies, and had the most eclectic taste in music including rap, hip hop, 80’s pop, 90’s alternative, rock, metal, and whatever else he could headbang to.

Derek also loved to cook, you never had to ask or tell him twice, he would be up in the kitchen tossing together a 5-star meal.  One of his many dreams included starting a food truck business with his father and brother.  Derek was incredibly charismatic, loving, intelligent, funny, and someone who always gave you a giant bear hug when he seen you.  He was a loyal son, a protective brother, a loveable grandson and nephew, a caring uncle & father, and the best cousin you’ll ever have.  He had the most amazing, albeit sarcastic sense of humor, a beautiful, bright smile and an infectious laugh.  Once he got started, you couldn’t help but join in with his laughter.

He will be severely missed by all who were affected by his memorable and extraordinary spirit.

Rest easy, you’re with Mom now.

Derek is survived by his father Barton Brewer; his son Arlen Veasey; his sisters Stephanie (Brewer) Walker, and Tressee Colhoff; his brother Brandon Brewer; his grandmother Darlyne Clements; aunts Iva Yellow Elk, Donna White Eyes, Fern Red Owl, Corby Shangreau, and Michelle Conroy; uncles Dean Brewer, Clifford Yellow Elk, and Henry Yellow Elk; cousins Steven Shangreau Jr, Sam Shangreau, Carly Shangreau, Tina Brewer, Lola Brewer, Jason Brewer, Leon Brewer, Melanie Brewer, Talona Gonzalez, Aaron Kamarad, Cody Conroy, Genevieve Yellow Elk, Tessie LaForge, Lisa YellowElk, Tanya Cutschall, Zach Runnels, Jesse Runnels, Santana Yellow Elk, CJ Yellow Elk, Jenna White Eyes, Anthony White Eyes, Justin Yellow Elk, Cassondra Yellow Elk, Shane Yellow Elk, and Jade Yellow Elk and many nieces and nephews.

Derek will be welcomed into the Spirit World with loving arms by his dear mother Julee Brewer; his brother Jamie Brewer; grandmother Christine Yellow Elk; aunties Myrna Runnels, Carol Big Boy, and Lynn Mardis; and childhood best friend Jonathan Slow Bear.

Pallbearers will be Leon Brewer, Justin Yellow Elk, Zach Runnels, Justin Tobacco Jr, Steven Shangreau Jr, Sam Shangreau, Leighton Shangreau, Aaron Kamarad, Cody Conroy, and Anthony White Eyes Jr. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jesse Runnels, Nick Morrison, Howard Derby, and all friends and relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD