DeMarkus Eugene Dirden, 31, passed away on December 3, 2020. Graveside services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Killeen City Cemetery. Minister Lionel Noel of Heritage Funeral Home officiating. Services are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Harker Heights, TX.
DeMarkus Dirden was born on June 5, 1989, in Augusta Georgia on Ft. Gordon at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Hospital to Gregory Dirden and Demetric Dirden now Demetric McLemore. He grew up with his older brother Kenneth (Keno), there was plenty of sibling rivalry along with sibling love as well. He attended various elementary schools due to his stepfather still being active-Duty Army, but the family eventually moved to Killeen (Ft. Hood) Texas where his family would finally settle down and call Texas home. He attended Meadows Elementary school on Fort Hood and later Palo Alto Middle School in Killeen. He then attended Shoemaker High School but would later obtain his GED at Richard Milburn Academy in Killeen, Texas.
DeMarkus later took classes at CTC to learn plumbing. He was a construction worker for MH Building Services Fabricated Homes. At one time he worked at Temple Iron and Metal and in West Texas on Oil Wells/Fields. He also held various other jobs throughout the Central Texas area.
DeMarkus was a fun-loving young man that really had a passion for skateboarding and animals. He was especially fond of his dog Jacob who he would always affectionately call his other son.
He was preceded in death by his Grandmother Evelyn Doaty and his Grandfather, Lon Doaty Jr.
He is survived by his parents Cecil and Demetric McLemore; biological father Gregory E. Dirden; son, Makarios Cecil Dirden; brother, Kenneth L. Doaty (Victoria); brother, Brandon Dirden; sister, Keisia Hollins; grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Felton; Four aunts, Erie Jackson, Janice Brown, Ericka Jones and Fallon Doaty; Three uncles, Lon Doaty III, Jerome Doaty (Robin) and Mark McLemore; One niece, Kynedi Faith Doaty, and a host of Great Aunts, Great Uncles and Cousins.
So Wild and Free
I loved life to the fullest, I was so wild and free
Even at the age of twelve, I was gonna be me.
I had a few stumbles; we all know life’s rough
But I stuck with it, my son’s love was enough.
I followed my heart still so wild and free
Life on my terms on my skateboard that’s me.
Look to the wind, and maybe you’ll see me
On a cloud being so wild but now Free.
by Demetric McLemore
A private family and close family friend viewing will be from 11:00 to 12:15 at Heritage Funeral Home. Masks are Mandatory.
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