Derek Baldridge, a fourth generation Alaskan died in Fairbanks at the age of 37. He was born in Soldotna where he attended K-12, graduating from Skyview HS Class of 2002. He received an associates degree in Process Technology from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, joined the IBEW, working for Chugach Electric in Beluga, and South Central Power Plant in Anchorage.
While attending UAF, he met his wife Stacey. They enjoyed hiking, exploring and building their lives and home together. They were married 11 years, producing twins, Magnus James and Myra Jean, age 5.
As a boy, Derek worked with his parents Jamie and Joy and older brother Ryan on their salmon seiner in Kodiak and Prince William Sound. He had a remarkable childhood learning many of the habits and skills he enjoyed as an adult. At an early age he was an accomplished shooter, deer hunter and fisherman. He knew the benefit of working hard: wages.
He still owned his 1973 Ford F100 pickup which he bought at age 12 with his savings. It had undergone many body and color changes. He modified snow machines and ATVs and was an accomplished rider. But what he really enjoyed was riding and sledding with his children. After their adventures, they declared he made the best hot cocoa.
At the time of his death, Derek was nearing completion of a beautiful log home in Fairbanks. In addition, his hobbies included forging knives, tomahawks and axes. He built black powder arms and qualified to winter hunt moose in the Alaskan Interior; an activity he enjoyed with his father Jamie.
He is predeceased by his Alaskan great grandparents Dick and Millie Nielsen of Kasilof, paternal grandparents and Anchor Point homesteaders Jim and Patricia Baldridge. His maternal grandparents Red and Dorla Herrin of Kenai.
He leaves his wife Stacey, children Magnus and Myra of Fairbanks. His parents, Jamie and Joy Baldridge of Soldotna, brother Ryan (Catie) and nephew Cillian of Sterling. Father in law Paul Carkhuff of OH, mother in law Brenda Crain, sister in law Lindsey (Dan) and niece Adeline Daywalt, all of Fort Mill SC.
Derek has been remembered to us as an always smiling, always happy, redheaded little boy, who became a broadly smiling man with the same disposition. Derek will be missed and remembered by his extensive Alaskan family, especially his cousins who were his first friends.
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