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.