Arthur ‘Buddy’ Temple, III

Angelina County on Tuesday lost business and conservationist Arthur “Buddy” Temple, III. He was 73. Temple passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at his home in Lufkin with family members and close friends by his side.

Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 919 S. John Redditt Dr., Lufkin, TX, with the Rev. Bill Hyde officiating, and with longtime close friend Jack Martin serving as eulogist. Family visitation will be on Friday, 5-6:30 p.m., at The History Center, 102 N. Temple Dr., Diboll, TX.

Mr. Temple was born in Texarkana, Arkansas, to Mary Denman and Arthur Temple, Jr. on Feb. 26, 1942. He was raised in Lufkin and attended Lufkin Public Schools and St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin. He was graduated from the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and attended The University of Texas at Austin before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1961. He served in the First Cavalry Unit of the First Armored Division as a crew chief and co-pilot for helicopters, since he had earned his pilot’s license at the age of 15. He then worked for various businesses including the family owned Temple Industries.

Mr. Temple started his political service on the Diboll School Board in 1966 when he helped marshal the integration of the Diboll Schools. He went on to serve four terms as State Representative from his district in East Texas. He was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission in 1980 and served as chairman from 1985-1986. Mr. Temple was a long serving member of the board of directors of Temple-Inland, Inc. and also served as chairman of the board of directors of First Bank & Trust of East Texas. He served as chairman of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation. He was a past chairman of the advisory board of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville.

Buddy Zeagler, executive director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation said: “I have had the honor and distinct pleasure to work with Buddy and the Temple family for 30 years”. “It’s been the most rewarding experience of my adult life and an honor to serve at the foundation to advance the legacy of the Temple family and to improve the human condition of the citizens of East Texas.”

In 2014, Mr. Temple was honored with the Texas Forest Country Silver Bucket award for “toting a lot of water” for the people of East Texas. Jay Shands said “He has touched countless lives in unseen ways; he is a dedicated advocate and supporter of East Texas. Our recipient has never backed away from challenges brought to him, but instead met them head on with a fervent desire to make a difference. He has toted a lot wood and water to not only grow East Texas, but to preserve our natural habitat and our way or life.”

In a landmark deal, Buddy Temple and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, working with The Conservation Fund and International Paper protected more than 19,000 acres of the hardwood forest and wetlands in East Texas known as Boggy Slough. Temple said that the foundation purchase and the conservation easement will protect the hardwood forests of the Neches River bottoms and ensure conservation forestry practices of the upland pine forests. He has done more to preserve the land along the Neches River than anybody. He has led that effort. Friends and family said that it was always fun to go out riding with Buddy and hear him talk about growing up in the forests at Boggy Slough.

Buddy and Ellen have won many awards for conservation in Texas, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Conservation given by the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Aldo Leopold Award, and the Big Thicket 50th anniversary award. Survivors: wife of almost 45 years, Ellen Clarke Temple and four children: Whitney Sage Temple; Susan Helen Temple and her husband Rob Feagin; Hannah Lea Temple and her husband Christopher Sanders; and John Clark Hurst, Jr.; by his sister Charlotte “Chotsy” Temple; by his mother Mary Denman. Of all of his roles in life, he enjoyed most being a grandfather to Lillian Katherine Duquette, Walter Temple Duquette, Helen Terrell Feagin, Margaret April Grace, Mary Ellen Sanders and Robert Abney Sanders.

Pallbearers will be: Jack Sweeny, Phillip Friesen, Gip Friesen, Jim Kingham, Harold Maxwell, Buddy Zeagler, Don Weir, Robert Sanders, Tom Darmstadter, Tom Darmstadter II, and Jay Shands.

The family requests memorials to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 West Frank Avenue, Lufkin, TX 75904; The History Center, 102 N. Temple Drive, Diboll, TX 75941; or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered at Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home; 1515 S. Chestnut, Lufkin, TX; 936/634-4411.