October 20, 2020

Dean May, BCE

Dean May, BCE

Dean May, a board-certified entomologist (BCE) and sales manager for AMVAC Environmental Products, died suddenly on Sept. 18, 2020, while on a fishing trip in Colorado. The Plano, Texas, resident was 61.

May graduated from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural biology/pest management/entomology. He was a past president of the North Texas Board Certified Entomologists, and was a member of the Entomological Society of America, National Pest Management Association and the Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Texas Pest Control associations. He taught numerous continuing education training programs at conferences throughout the South-Central and Western U.S., and was slated to be among the speakers at the 75th Texas A&M University Urban Pest Management Conference and Workshop in January 2021.

Prior to joining AMVAC in 2007, May was a regional technical specialist with Whitmire Micro-Gen Research Laboratories of St. Louis, Mo., which is a legacy company of BASF. He was a department manager at Van Waters & Rogers, a legacy company of Vesaris. He started in the industry in the 1980s in the research and development department for the American Cyanamid Co., a legacy company of Solvay.

“With a quick mind and a wealth of technical knowledge, Dean was known by his colleagues and customers as a great problem-solver,” an announcement issued by AMVAC noted. “And to many, he was known as a great friend.”

May is survived by his mother, Lisa; brother, Gary; and two sons, Eric and Kevin. His final resting place is Rose Hills Memorial Park in his hometown of Whittier, Calif.

The PMP staff extends its sympathies to May’s family and friends.


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Heather Gooch

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