Derek was raised in Southern Utah as part of a family of nine. He is married to his sweetheart Charity, who is also from a family of nine, and they live happily in Hyde Park, UT. Needless to say, they spend much of their free time visiting family! He enjoys distance/trail running, hiking, biking, and playing classical piano. In 2015, he served a two-year Spanish mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on the border of Mexico in South Texas. After that, he began studying Landscape Architecture at Utah State University and gained a passion for design and the environment. He is excited to begin studying and working with professors in the B+MLA program at USU this fall.