March 20, 1991—Aug. 3, 2019
Derek Thomas Fanning, age 28, passed away in Ethel, WA, on Aug. 3, 2019. Derek was born March 20, 1991, in Bossier City, LA, to Chandra Taylor and Ronald Fanning (and stepfather Donald Taylor). Derek lived in the local area for five years. He graduated from Airline High School in Bossier City in 2009 and attended the Lower Columbia College Diesel Mechanic Program. He worked as a diesel mechanic at Tribecca Transport in Woodland and was a member of the Cowlitz County Destralos MC and the Eagle Scouts. Derek enjoyed spending time with his family. He was passionate about riding his motorcycle with his brothers. We could often find him tearing things apart and fixing them again. Derek was the most happy and loving individual. He always had a smile on his face and made it a point to keep people laughing. He adored his family and friends and left a lasting impact on anyone he met. Derek was very excited to become a father.
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Derek married Alexzandra Keesee on Aug. 24, 2013, in Sarepta, LA. He is survived by his wife Alexzandra Fanning, of Longview; child Theodore Fanning, of Longview; mother and stepfather Chandra and Donald Taylor, of Bossier City, LA; father Ronald Fanning; mother and father-in-law Danielle and Mikeal Keesee, of Longview; grandfather Randy Seward; nephews Shane, Sean, Mason, Lucas and Karsen, all of Longview; nieces Luna and Katana, both of Vancouver, WA; sisters-in-law Johanna (Chris) Pederson, of Longview, and Christa (Josh) Carey, of Vancouver; brothers-in-law Payton Keesee and Ryan Knapp, both of Longview; brother Ryne Fanning, of Marshall, VA; and sister Jordan Fanning, of Warrenton, VA. Dered was preceded in death by his great-grandmother Blaire.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Fathers House Church, 1315 Commerce Ave., Longview. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Humane Society.