It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr. Derek Main on June 4th following a fatal accident in his home. A native Texan, Derek grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Following a brief career as a professional musician, he returned to his first love, science, and graduated from University of Texas-Dallas with a B.Sc in Geology in 2001. While at the University of Texas-Arlington working on his Master’s thesis, a promising new fossil locality was brought to his attention by local fossil hunters. Originally interested in doing his Ph.D on dinosaur paleobiogeography with Chris Scotese, this new fossil site was so prolific he made it the cornerstone of his doctoral dissertation, receiving the degree in May 2013. For the last ten years Derek was the director and driving force behind the excavation and study of the Arlington Archosaur Site, expanding greatly our knowledge of life in the mid-Cretaceous. His boundless energy, curiosity, and infectious laugh were just the tip of the iceberg, covering a kind and truly caring personality that devoted himself fully to our field. Derek used all his talents to reach out to the public and educate them about science and paleontology. Through his work and life he has touched countless lives, standing as an inspiration for what a scientist and human being can be.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 606 West Airport Freeway in Irving. Service is 4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 9 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2505 West Northgate Drive in Irving. Inurnment service 3:30 p.m., Monday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 East Irving Blvd in Irving. Additional information may be found here.