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Derek Bruce Tatlock
Derek Bruce Tatlock

Derek Bruce Tatlock, 85, of Williamsburg, Va., passed away from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016.

Mr. Tatlock was born in Rochester, N.Y., and was a graduate of Brighton High School, where he was a member of the swim team and played in the band. He is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he joined DKE fraternity, was an active member of the Outing Club and varsity ski team. In 1955, Mr. Tatlock received his Master’s Degree in Geology from the University of Michigan.

Derek married Betty Niner in the summer of 1956. After spending two years in the U.S. Army, primarily at Yuma Test Station in Arizona, he moved to Bismark, N.D., to become a geologist for Mobil Oil. In 1959, he and his family moved from Bismark to work for The Peoples Natural Gas Company in Pittsburgh, Pa. He left Peoples Gas to open an office for Templeton Energy, and finally started his own consulting firm, Tatlock Exploration, in the early 1980’s which he ran until he retired to Sunapee, N.H., in the summer of 1998.

Derek was an officer and board member of local, state and national geological associations. He was coauthor of The Geology of Western Pennsylvania. In Pittsburgh, he was a member of the McCandless Township Planning Board for over 25 years and an active member of the North Area Environmental Council. While living in Sunapee, he was a member of the Planning Board, where he helped to form the master plan for the community. He was program chairman for the Friends of the Abbott Library for over five years.

Derek was an avid skier. He was a longtime member of the National Ski Patrol and enjoyed skiing with his family and friends as often as possible. He also loved sailing and bicycling.

Mr. Tatlock is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Beth Snyder (Tim), Susan Stoddard (John) and Robbin Tatlock (Jerry Andrews); four grandchildren, Sara Stoddard (Chris Osborn), Corey Stoddard (Sydney), Ross Snyder (Michelle Lei) and Drew Snyder (Morgan Williams); and his brother, Ian Tatlock.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. A celebration of Derek’s life will take place at a later date.

The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY, 10305; Williamsburg FISH, 312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185; or your favorite charity.

The family would like to thank the staff at Spring Arbor Cottage, Hospice Community Care of Newport News, and Bayada Home Care for their loving care and support. Online condolences may be shared at