Douglas Lee Temple
Douglas Lee Temple, 66, of Porcupine, SD died Saturday, May 2, 2009. He was born June 18, 1942 in Rapid City, SD.
Douglas was raised and resided in the Rockyford area his whole life. He attended grade schools at several area rural schools. While attending high school in Gordon, NE, Douglas was President and Star Farmer of the local Future Farmers of America Chapter. This involvement in FFA led to an extensive trip through Europe that left a big impression on him. Doug was a longtime member and Director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. He married Judy Hanneman in 1959 and raised a family of six children on the family ranch at Rockyford. His last seven years were spent with his compassionate and caring friend, Madonna Adams, with whom he found great peace and love. But of course, Doug didn’t like things too quiet – he loved riling Madonna up.
Doug was first and foremost a rancher and cattleman. He raised top notch commercial horned Hereford cattle. He operated his ranch through the years with the assistance of valued hired men, many of whom helped him for over 20 years. He valued his good neighbors and the help they traded at branding and shipping time as one of his greatest assets. Doug’s greatest love was working his cattle with his family, all mounted on horses that were raised and broke on the Pitchfork Ranch.
These horses all descended from two mares given to him by his uncle, Willard Lange, and they were descended from his Grandfather Lange’s horses from before 1900. Doug’s idea of a vacation was trucking cattle for the neighbors or hauling his equipment somewhere to be worked on. He treasured his relationship with people that he did business with. Doug had a unique perspective of the world that definitely wasn’t mainstream or politically correct, and he wasn’t afraid to share it with people. Everyone that knew Doug knew that if he teased you in his offbeat manner, he liked you. His larger than life presence will be truly missed.
Survivors include two sons, Curtis Temple and Merle Temple, both of Porcupine, two daughters, Kim Lensegrav, and her husband, Ken, Kyle, and Jennifer Temple, Chadron, NE, his special companion, Madonna Adams, and her family, Rapid City; 7 grandchildren; Rosanne Ross, Janelle Wilson, Bunny Temple, Tarah Temple, Trey Temple, Katie and Kelsey Lensegrav; 2 great-grandchildren and also his trusted and faithful sidekick, LeRoy Pourier and his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons; A.D. and Jeff and his former wife, Judy.
A wake will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City, with a Christian Wake Service and Rosary Recitation at 7 p.m. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Mother Butler Center with Rev. David Matzko, S.J., officiating (this is 12:00 Noon Doug’s time.) Burial will be in Pine Lawn Memorial Park. A memorial has been established to the Sky Ranch for Boys, Sky Ranch, SD, near Camp Crook.
Friends may sign his online guest register and offer condolences at http://www.osheimschmidt.com.
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