Born in Texas as a city boy but with some rural family that taught him how to handle himself in the woods. His parents weren't the greatest as they lived on the streets when he was real young. He would later be abandoned by them and circulate through the foster care system. This taught him that life was cruel and bad things happen. People are wretched in this life and parents are not exempt from this. Although he didn't have the best younger years, he managed to find a good home and find good loving parents that helped him reach his potential in life. He engaged in sports and was something of an athlete in high school. When he graduated from high school, he attended Texas Tech where he studied computer science. After receiving his degree, he began working for various companies while he privately worked on his own product. During that time, he met his wife and had 2 children. Derek decided to take a chance and go on his own to sell his newly crafted software to companies around the globe. His first big sale was just about to happen in Chernarus when everything just went wrong. The outbreak occurred leaving him stranded in Elektro, as he did not make it to the boats before they left. Now wandering around trying to dodge the infected and any nefarious looters, he only dreams of getting back home to see his family.