Joseph Edward “Joe” Dervin

Joseph Edward “Joe” Dervin

December 30, 1953 – February 21, 2022

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Friday, February 25th from 3pm to 5pm followed by PRAYER SERVICE at 5pm, all at West Center Chapel.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.


Joseph Edward “Joe” Dervin, 68, of Omaha, Nebraska passed away on February 21, 2022, at Hospice House surrounded by family.

Joe was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 30, 1953, the son of Vern Sumovich and Dick Dervin.  After Joe’s father’s death at the age of two, Joe was raised by his mother and stepfather, Don Quinn.  He enjoyed his childhood as the younger brother to Debbie and older brother to Donnie, Mary Kay, and Mark.

Joe graduated from Creighton Prep in 1972 and is remembered as a star athlete – earning eight varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball.  These accomplishments marked him as one of the most versatile Prep athletes of the modern era and earned him a 2010 induction into the Creighton Prep Athletic Hall of Fame.

After high school, Joe accepted a football scholarship to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and earned two letters as a linebacker.  Upon completion of his degree in health and physical education from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, Joe was a Jesuit donné at Creighton Prep, where he taught English and Physical Education from 1979 to 1992.  During his teaching tenure at Prep, he was also a beloved coach for football, basketball, and baseball.  Joe led his football teams to seven state championships, including five in a row, establishing Creighton Prep as a dynasty.  He had the ability to motivate and inspire young people, changing countless lives.

In 1992, Joe left Prep to pursue another passion, cars.  Joe owned and operated Hollywood Auto, a car dealership on Omaha’s southside for 20 years.  His hobbies outside of work included spending time with family and friends, watching all sports, wagering on games, and enjoying annual trips to Las Vegas for March Madness.

Joe was preceded in death by parents, Dick Dervin, Don and Vern Quinn.  Joe is survived by his siblings and a host of family. Joe’s greatest pride was his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, all of which he would affectionally call his children and grandchildren.  There is nothing  Joe wouldn’t do for his children, his loyalty, love, and stubbornness will be deeply missed.

Family and friends will gather for Joe’s CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Friday, February 25th from 3pm to 5pm at Heafey­ Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, located at 7805 W Center Road. Omaha, NE 68124.



  • Andy Sanders Posted February 22, 2022 1:01 pm

    Joe was hard on me. Joe was fair and a friend when I needed it.
    He was one of my favorite coaches that I ever had.
    I will miss him until we meet again.
    RIP “Mad Dog”

  • Steve Fritton Posted February 22, 2022 2:12 pm

    Sad to hear about Coach Derv and thoughts and prayers to all his friends, family and loved ones. He inspired me and others to always reach to get better whether on the gridiron, bb court, ball field, or in life.. Rest In Peace Coach.

  • Shane Bradford Posted February 22, 2022 4:40 pm

    I was privileged to have Joe coach me in football and baseball at Prep. Joe was a straight shooter, tough guy with a great heart. I got a lot out of his leadership and kindness. RIP Joe, you will me missed!

  • Jim H Posted February 23, 2022 7:27 am

    Joe was the real deal – considerate,kind and funny.

  • David Walker Posted February 24, 2022 10:13 pm

    So long friend, I’ll miss seeing you in a Yankees Cap! RIP!

  • William Mosley Posted February 25, 2022 10:09 am

    I’m going to miss you bro rest in peace

  • greg cavalieri Posted February 25, 2022 1:58 pm

    never did buy that truck-I went to your hall of fame
    induction-real proud of you
    enjoy your journey

  • Sandra Depetro Posted March 3, 2022 12:49 pm

    Joes Neighbor,,,,such a finely written tribute to his outstanding accomplishments. Our contact involved a nod and a wave, coaching his little dog from street and wellness check a few times, which he seemed grateful. May he rest in peace and God grant us all the wisdom in this busy life to have an awareness of neighbors near and far to us. 🌷❤

  • Jim Fortune Posted March 6, 2022 5:38 pm

    Grade school, high school, collage, Peony Park as lifeguards, I was a little guy that Joe showed through determination and work I could compete I used his coaching and friendship to this day. He was one of my great influencers in my life RIP my Friend

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