Breckenridge Texan

Derek Hayes

Derek Hayes
March 04
15:51 2022

Derek Hayes, age 35, of Fort Worth, formerly of Breckenridge, passed from this Earth, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Shady Grove Cemetery with Michael Roach officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Morehart Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Morehart Mortuary.

Derek Taylor Hayes was born September 26, 1986, in Abilene, Texas, to parents, Steve Dale Hayes and Sonia Clark Sikes. He grew up in Breckenridge and was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was very involved with the youth program. He may be the only Methodist that was baptized at First Baptist Church by the Methodist pastor because he wanted to be fully dunked and not sprinkled. Derek was also part of the Young Life organization and enjoyed several trips with that group. He was a member of the 2005 graduating class of Breckenridge High School. After graduation, he attended Texas Tech University. Derek worked as a pumper and regulatory technician for Braka Operating for several years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, good music and playing video games. Derek was lovingly known to his friends as D-Hayes. His pride and joy was his daughter, Sophia, “Sophie Bear.”

Derek was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leonard Clark and Steve Howeth; and his step-father, Sammy Sikes.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Sophia “Sophie Bear” Hayes; his parents, Sonia Sikes, and Steve and Robin Hayes; his girlfriend, Jessica Hardin and her two children, Amelia and Aiden Hardin; five siblings, Katie Sikes, Kelsey Smith and husband Colby, RobbyJoe Martinez and husband Gerardo, Cooper Hayes, and Desi Caplinger; his grandparents, Sandy Clark, Sammie Howeth, Ronnie and Pam White, and Button and Fran Sikes; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the Open Door, or to the scholarship fund set up for Sophie at First National Bank in Breckenridge and may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at



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