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Dirk James "DJ" Berends

Mar 6, 1987 - Aug 12, 2017
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Our beloved son, father, fiancée and friend, nephew and cousin was taken from us suddenly on Saturday, August 12, 2017, in an automobile accident. He has been taken from us too soon.  He was the best at his craft and God needed someone of DJ's caliber to work on his golden fleet.  We hope and pray that God will take care of him, and he has golden tools to work on those golden rigs.
Dirk James “DJ” Berends, 30, son of John and Tedi Berends, was born on March 6, 1987 in Madigan Army Hospital, Fort Lewis, in Tacoma, WA.  He moved to Yakima with his family in 1989, where he attended local schools, graduating from A. C. Davis High School in 2005.
DJ worked hard as a talented and hardworking diesel mechanic for Sandy Farms Trucking. His pride and joy were his fiancé, Michelle Schutt; daughters, Shylah Antrim and Brodi Berends; and his seven-week-old son, Sawyer Berends.
In addition to his parents, DJ is survived by his maternal grandmother, Shirley Gatchell, of St. Augustine, FL; Tonya & Billy Wells, Wesley Wells, and Victoria Barrett; Larry Gatchell and Erika Martin; and Tres Gatchell. Also, his paternal grandmother, Suzanne Berends, of Houston, TX; Trix & BK Chilton, Roelie & Aviva Berends, Toni & Larry Meade, Ashley & Joshua Meade. DJ was preceded in death by his grandfathers, whom he was named after, James (Jim) Gatchell, Sr, St. Augustine, FL, and Dirk Berends, Houston, TX; his uncle, Jimmy Gatchell and cousin, Tyler Martin.
DJ will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him, but especially by Tedi and John, Michelle and his children.
A Memorial Service for DJ is being held on Friday, August 18, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory (500 W Prospect, Moxee).  You are invited to come and share your love and friendship with DJ's family.



Funeral Information

Funeral service

Aug 18, 2017:1:00 p.m.

Brookside Funeral Home

500 W Prospect, Moxee