Derek D. Christen


Derek Christen, age 30, of Foley, passed away, along with his brother, Jake, Sept. 2, 2023, from injuries received in an ATV accident.  A celebration of life was Sept. 9 at the Jubilee Christian Center in Becker. The Rev. Ken Hanson officiated. Visitation was before the celebration of life at the church in Becker. A time of fellowship followed at the church. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Derek David Christen was born June 12, 1993, in St. Cloud, to Glenn and Ann (Beckers) Christen.  He graduated from Foley High School, class of 2012.  He worked for T.J. Potter Trucking in Becker for several years. He married Mariah Scherbing Oct. 10, 2020, in Grand Canyon, Arizona. Derek enjoyed cooking, grilling and an abundance of outdoor activities. He was outgoing, friendly and was always willing to help anyone in need.  He had many friends and made friends with everyone.  He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Derek was overjoyed to become a father.  He was a truly amazing husband and dad.

He is survived by his wife, Mariah, and their son, Bennett, of Milaca; mother Ann Christen of Foley; mother and father-in-law Glen and Bonnie Scherbing of Oak Park; brother-in-law Jacob (Saphire) Scherbing; sister-in-law Haley (Michael Schumer) Scherbing; brother Alex (Sheryl) of Foley; sisters Emily (Travis) Melby of Foreston and Molly (Jacob Robertson) Christen of Becker; grandmother Amelia Sauer and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his uncle John Beckers and grandparents Jerome and Valeria “Tutti” Christen and great-grandmother Ida Christen.