Derek Robert Refsland |

Derek Robert Refsland

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Aspen, CO Colorado

Lance Corporal Derek Robert Refsland died Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego.

Derek was born in Carbondale and moved to Troy, Mont., by fourth grade. He graduated in 2004 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received specialty training and was assigned to the Avionics Section of the White Knights of Unit 165. He was stationed in San Diego for three years and completed a combat tour from September 2006 to May 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom while assigned to the Aviation Combat Element of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable.

Derek loved hunting, fishing, golfing, dirt bike riding and “tweaking out” his truck. He shared these passions with his family while at home, as well as his military family whenever time allowed.

Loved ones left behind: father Steve Refsland and step-mother Marilyn Refsland of Carbondale; mother Bobbie Bamford and her significant other Junior Crismore, and sister Jordan, all of Libby, Mont.; as well as sisters Gretchen Pfaff of Santa Barbara, Calif., Rita Peterson of Wichita, Kan., Rachel Smith of Dodge City, Kan.; grandparents Bob Rice of Carbondale, Ardell and Marvolyn Refsland of Vergas, Minn., and many other relatives and friends.

A Unit Memorial Service was held at the San Diego Base on March 1, where many of his unit family members and superior officers said, “Derek’s boots will be hard to fill.” A funeral service was held in Libby, Mont., on Tuesday, March 4.

Donations may be sent for a memorial fund set up at Lincoln County Credit Union, 120 W. 5th Street, Libby, MT, 59923 for families of fallen Marines.

Steve and Marilyn can be reached at 1314 Westridge Court in Carbondale or at 704-9914.


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