For a long, long time now, Derick Dillard has been pretty darn unlikable, right?
Really, just so extremely awful.
He keeps insisting on asking Duggar fans for money, despite the extremely negative reaction he gets every single time he does it.
Several people are convinced that he’s been cheating on Jill, and that things are so bad that they’re even headed for divorce.
And let’s not even get started on all the horrific comments he’s made about Jazz Jennings, a transgender girl who also has a show on the TLC network.
Well, we say “also,” but we can’t forget that Derick’s antics got him fired from Counting On, so it looks like Jazz is the only one of the two with a show these days.
There’s just been so many bad stories about Derick lately, you know?
But now it’s time for a genuinely upsetting one.
If you’ve kept up with this family over the years, then there’s a chance you already know that Derick’s father passed away several years ago.
He doesn’t talk about it all that often, but of course the subject does come up from time to time.
Wednesday was the tenth anniversary of his father’s death, so it seemed like a pretty appropriate time to pay tribute to him.
Over on Instagram, Jill shared several old pictures of Derick’s father, and for the caption, she wrote “10 years ago tonight, my hubby lost his amazing dad.”
“Derick had just started his second semester at Oklahoma State University when his mom and brother showed up at his dorm room the morning of the 18th to tell him his dad had passed away suddenly during the night.”
“We miss you terribly ‘dad’ and look forward to seeing you one day in heaven!” she continued.
“You never know when a day may be your last or someone else’s last day on earth. Don’t wait to give your heart and life to Jesus & make sure to share his hope with others!”
Most of Jill’s followers left kind comments, and many pointed out the strong resemblance between Derick as a child and adorable little Israel.
But, as always, some people took issue with her post.
“So you can’t even do a memorial for your father in law without shoving religion down everyone’s throat!” one person wrote.
“Your parents sure brainwashed you well. Are you doing the same to your kids? Or letting them decide on faith/believing for themselves?”
Another of Jill’s followers commented with “Too bad Derick has been a sh-tty person these last cpl months maken headlines about jazz. maybe he should keep his mouth shut about others. doesnt the bible say something about not judgeing others?”
Which is a good, though poorly worded, point … but, you know, not the time.
When Derick himself shared Jill’s touching tribute, someone actually responded with “Wonder what his dad would think about his grandchildren…knowingly…being exposed to the possibility of being sexually abused…or that his own son prefers to prey upon the gullible rather than make an honest living.”
Again, solid question, but come on, people.
Derick is pretty much the worst, but this still must have been a heartbreaking loss for him.
He has our condolences during what must be a rough time of year for him.