Derik Ben Matejka

Derik (aka Dickie) Ben Matejka
September 27, 1948 – January 09, 2020

On January 09, 2020, Derik Ben Matejka, went to join his mother and father, Ben and Albina Matejka, in Heaven. A celebration of his life will be held at the Brazos Valley Livestock Commission on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 am. Followed by food and fellowship in the café.

Derik referred to as Dad hereafter, was born and raised in Bryan, TX. Since a very young age, Dad had a knack for dealing with animals. In today’s terms he’d probably be considered a pig whisperer. He was an avid pig farmer and he loved sitting up on the hill watching his cattle herd grow. You could find him every Tuesday in his “seat” at the BV Livestock Commission Auction Barn.

He had a love for raising animals and helping families learn the FFA and 4-H ropes. It isn’t uncommon for us to hear the many stories of how “Mr. Matejka” was always the first to help a family at the livestock show. And he was always the last to leave the show barn.

Dad was always active in his children and grandchildren’s lives. Thanks to him, each of us knows how to castrate a calf and pig (yes, that is very important to know), produce top show pigs, and commit to taking care of our responsibilities (none us will ever forget the early morning feedings). He also loved participating in his grandchildren’s 4-H/FFA projects, as well attending their football and volleyball games. He supported his family and others because he wanted to, not because he had too

Dad will be remembered best as sitting in his recliner on the top of the hill shooting the breeze. He will be remembered for his loud and contagious laugh; for being a big teddy bear when it came to his grandkids; for being the best Dad he knew how to be. And most importantly he will be remembered for being there for us (and everyone else), no matter what.

His best friend Barbara Matejka survives Derik. His children: Derik II and Juli Matejka, Mynde and James Kessler, Kip and Tiffany Matejka, and Sloan Matejka. His grandchildren: Steven Jr. and Cassidy Currie, Katelyn and Nathan Meals, Morgan Currie, Kameron Matejka, Brode Kessler, Kaden Matejka, and Sutton Matejka. His great grandchild, Peyton Meals and soon-to-be Chett Currie.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for gift card or monetary donations to be dropped off at the celebration to honor Mom, Barbara Matejka, for her unconditional love and care she provided to Dad these past few years while he battled health issues. We also ask that you love, hold, cherish and forgive those close to your hearts.

Thank you for your prayers and condolences; we truly appreciate it.

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  1. So deeply sorry for the loss of your husband/father. He must have had an amazing life to leave behind such a tremendous family legacy. Condolences

  2. My deepest sympathies on your loss. I attended school with Derek and graduated from SFA with him. He was a kind person. Haven’t seen him in several years. Praying for his family and friends.

  3. The family does not know me but my dad was good friends with his dad and mom .My dads name was Norman Mcwhorter and Marjorie we would go visit a lot so sorry to hear about his passing. Sandra Mcwhorter Terry

  4. My sympathies to the family. His presence shall be missed. His legacy will live on through his seed. Honor this man and his memory by continuing his example in your lives.

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