Jason Templer July 20th, 2020

Over the 14 years at the ALS, Derrick quickly established a reputation as the ‘go-to’ when help was needed. For 14 years - staff, students, vendors and visitors all came to rely on his ability to put a smile on your face and help you with whatever you needed - from shipping high value laboratory equipment to helping decorate for the annual ALS holiday party (and EVERYTHING in between!) Derrick was always there for you. He had a unique ability to relate to everyone individually - he could talk to you about sports, fishing, cars, family, weather - whatever he could that would help him connect and relate to each of us. He always made you feel that you mattered. Derrick’s number one priority and joy in his life were his three children; Jordanna, Ahlina, and Samy - and he was always striving to be the best father and provider that he could be for them. He was so proud of his kids. He was also extremely close to his family, in addition to his countless friends. Derrick was like our own family member, and his loss is immeasurable.