Derrik Travis Lytle

12/01/1981 - 04/28/2018
Service Date: 05/07/2018
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1150 West Combs Road, San Tan Valley, Arizona 85140
Interment: San Tan Memorial Gardens, 22425 East Cloud Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142

Derrik Travis Lytle, 36, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Wexford, Pennsylvania on April 28, 2018. Born in Mesa, Arizona on December 1, 1981, Derrik was the son of Ronna Caldwell and Travis Lytle, who still reside in the Phoenix-metro area.

Derrik is survived by his wife, Ashley Scalzott; their six-year old daughter, Mia Lytle; his parents, Ronna Caldwell and Travis Lytle; grandmother, Avata Gale; and his four siblings, Shawna Nelson (brother-in-law John Nelson), Quillan Kasl (brother-in-law Jared Kasl), Trint Lytle (sister-in-law Megan Lytle), and Brett Lytle (sister-in-law Edyta Lytle).  

Derrik’s younger years were spent playing the game he loved so very much: baseball. His determined efforts helped him realize his childhood dream of playing the game at the professional level within the Kansas City Royals Organization. Although baseball was his passion during his early years, in 2012, Ashley and Derrik were blessed with their sweet daughter, Mia Angelina; being her father became the love and pinnacle of his life. In recent years, Derrik, Ashley and Mia left Arizona for an adventure in New Jersey, enjoying all the East Coast had to offer, before settling down in Wexford, PA.

His family and friends will carry with them his selfless nature, magnetic personality, and love for those around him. Although his mortal journey passed sooner than he deserved, Derrik lived a life filled with passion, generosity, determination, support, humor, competitiveness, love, compassion, acceptance, understanding, and devotion that touched so many.

Derrik Lytle— father, husband, son, brother, friend— will never be forgotten.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Meetinghouse located at 1150 West Combs Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85140. Immediately following the service, he will be laid to rest at the San Tan Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Queen Creek, AZ.

Condolences

  • Sending love and light to each of you during this time of sorrow. May the amazing attributes of Derrik live on in all those who celebrate and love him.

  • Our deepest condolences to you and your family upon the passing of Derrik. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers to you during this difficult time.

  • Jeff DeMatte

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. May God bless you and give you strength and comfort.

  • Don and Ruth ann Ficco

    Our sincerest sympathies go out to you and your family. Our love and prayers are with you.

  • Donald Scalzott

    Deepest sympathies to my nieces Ashley and Mia and to the Caldwell and Lytle families.

  • Ashley, my heart goes out to you and Mia. I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers now and in the months ahead. Thinking about you all.

  • Elizabeth Belois

    Thinking of you and your daughter, Ashley. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for finding peace in your hearts.

  • MaryRose Paterson

    At times like this, there just are no words…. I hold you all in my heart and lift you in prayer all throughout the day. My love to all of you.

  • Reed and Metzie Phelps

    How sad this makes us!! He was such a great ball player. Our hearts ache for your whole family. May God be with and Bless you now and ever.

  • Kristy Hanchett

    Ashley, While I know you are a strong woman and you will get through, my heart breaks for you and Mia. May you and Mia eventually find a new normal and may Derek Rest in Peace.

  • Jim and Tammy Peterson

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Till you meet again.

  • Collin and Karen Udall family

    Our love to the entire Lytle family, our neighbors many years ago . He was a very handsome and talented boy !

  • This very tragic news brings such sadness. I am so very sorry about your premature & unexpected loss. May you be held in our Lord’s arms for comfort and peace.

  • I am heartbroken to hear about the passing of Derrik. I am happy that he did have the opportunity to experience marriage and parenthood but so disappointed that he had to move on at such a young age. I enjoyed the relationship that he and I had during his youth while I served him in the Church. He always had a ready smile and our visits built a friendship that I hope will last forever. I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend his funeral as I am entering the hospital tomorrow for surgery and won’t be available in time for his services. Blessings to his whole family ….especially his wife, Ashley and his little Mia. Sympathies also to his parents, Travis and Ronna. I can’t imagine the sorrow of losing a child. To the whole Lytle family I share my testimony of eternal life and happiness.

  • Preslie Agostini

    I am so so very sorry Ashley and Mia for you loss. Derrik was a great person and I have known him for many years. I send a ton of prayers and condolences your way! 🙏

  • Jayson Koglmeier

    Derrik is an amazing person. High intellect, charm, kind, confident, ridiculous smile and the uncanny ability to tell a captivating story just like his younger brother Brett. I will never forget those stories. He is somebody I look up to. My heart goes out to Family and everyone else who he touched. RIP brother.

  • Celyn Aradanas-Hanson

    Derek is probably one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life! He was such a pleasure to work with. He was the consummate professional, extremely bright, knowledgeable in his field and so easy to work with!

    My condolences and sympathy goes out to you Ashley, the entire family and network of friends!

    This earth was a better place because of you Derek you will be missed!

    Celyn

  • Dayna and Ryan

    Our love, prayers and hugs to the family! May the Lord bless all of you with the peace and comfort not just today but especially in the days ahead.

  • Harry & Katie

    Our deepest sympathy for Ashley, Mia and all of the Lytle family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you now and in the coming days.

  • Autumn Stankay

    I am so sorry and saddened to hear of your unexpected loss. This is an absolutely beautiful obituary. As stated, yes, his mortal journey was truly ended sooner than deserved. Ashley and Mia, and the entire Lytle family, sending you all the love I possibly can. Prayers for you in these coming days.

  • To Derek’s family,
    I am so very sorry to read about your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father truly loves you and cares about what you are going through. He will give you the strength needed to cope during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  • Mary Sanderson

    My prayers have been with your family. Thankful as always for the knowledge of eternal truths and ultimate comfort.

  • I am sadden to hear of Derrik’s passing. My condolences go out to Ronna and Travis for your loss. And for his young family our tears will be shared during this time of morning. God bless you and strengthen you during your time of morning

  • I am so very sorry for the loss that this family is experiencing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Mike Charlton

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you, Ashley and Mia, and your whole family.

  • Connie & David Charlton

    So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing, Ashley. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers

  • Derrik and I were teammates and really good friends during our stint together in the Kansas City Royals organization. Such a great guy! I will continue to carry those fond memories of Derrik with me. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.

  • In this time of sorrow, I would like to extend to you my heartfelt condolences Miss Ronna. May our Lord comfort you and all of Derrik’s loved ones.

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