It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Derrek “Fife” Kozachuk of Moose Jaw, SK on February 21st, 2023, at the age of 45 years.  Derrek will be lovingly remembered by his wife JoLynn; daughters Taylen and Kelbie; mother Vladia Kozachuk (Wladyslawa Szychowski); brother Christopher (Lisa) Kozachuk and their son Alex; brother Meshel (Kerry) Kozachuk and their children Hannah, Katherine, and Jacob; sister Rosann Verhaeghe (Andy) Kozachuk and their children Elizabeth and Olivia; brother-in-law Jamie (Sherri) Stefan and their children Samantha and Brooke. Derrek will be dearly missed by his close friends and co-workers. Derrek is predeceased by his father Stanley Walter Kozachuk; grandparents Antonina and Felix Kozachuk, Helen, and Landon Szchowski; in-laws Emelia “Millie” and Larry Stefan.

Derrek was born on a snowy storming evening on December 18, 1977, at the Rockglen Hospital. He grew up on the family farm near Fife Lake, SK. Derrek attended Rockglen School and graduated in 1995. While growing up on the farm, Derrek enjoyed playing hockey, working in the fields, playing video games, and having fun with friends. Derrek started his welding life/career after he graduated from SIAST in Moose Jaw, SK. He continued his studies and became a Journeyman Welder. Derrek had the opportunity in 2012/2013 to work as a welding instructor at SIAST. For many years he worked as a welder in the pipeline with his RIG truck, traveling to many places. In the fall of 2022, Derrek pursued a new job as a welding inspector.

Derrek’s true loves were his daughters. Daddy-Daughter dates made him smile and the simple and everyday things brought joy to his heart. Derrek was proud of his girls everyday and was the best Disneyland Dad! Derrek loved to cook, especially on his smoker whether it would be for friends or family, he made the best brisket on his smoker. Derrek made friendships everywhere he went. He always had a story to tell, that would leave your sides hurting from laughter. Derrek would take the time to help anyone out that needed a hand. KIND is the word that best describes Derrek. Derrek was extremely well known, loved and touched the hearts of all that knew him. He will forever be in our hearts.

A Private celebration of Derrek’s life will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to his daughters trust account at Conexus Credit Union. In living memory of Derrek, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Ltd. Please sign the memorial register at website: (Obituaries).

Blake Seebach & Chrystine Dacey- Funeral Director/ Cerys Doan – Funeral Director Intern