Major Jack Templeton, USAF Ret., and dedicated public servant, died May 4, 2013, in his Rancho Bernardo home after a long illness. Born Feb. 18, 1925, in Los Angeles, he was 88.
The fifth child of Robert and Marge Templeton, he spent his childhood in New York where he lettered in hockey, cricket and rugby. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps and was a USAF fighter pilot in 1945. Mr. Templeton attended University of California at Berkeley from 1946-50.
Mr. Templeton was recalled to the Air Force in 1959 to serve in the Korean War
as a F-84 Jet fighter pilot. Through 1969 he served in command positions throughout the world, including Tripoli, Libya. One of his career highlights was spending a day with Muammar Qaddafi in 1967.
Upon leaving the military, he worked as San Diego County Chief Deputy Assessor. He managed the public relations firm Templeton Associates from 1982 until his retirement in 1999.
In retirement he served as a board member for civic and church organizations. He was a member of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club
, COG and World Affairs Council. His passion to keep the cross on "Battle Mountain" in Rancho Bernardo lit is preserved through Let's Light the Cross, an organization he founded. Mr. Templeton was known for rebuilding the cross and making sure it was illuminated at all times. Also, he was the co-founder of the Lincoln Club of San Diego.
Mr. Templeton is preceded in death by his parents; second wife, Lydia; children, William, John and Pamela; and stepson, John Roemer of Rancho Bernardo.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Barbara Roemer Templeton; children, Cheryl and Robert; stepsons, Hartman (Paige) Roemer and Stephen (Kathy) Roemer; stepdaughter-in-law, Elizabeth Roemer; grandchildren, Marc (Faith) Matson and Alexandra, Colin, Kara, Austin, Max and Kendal Roemer; sister, Barbara Sherwood of Rancho Bernardo; brother William (Connie) of Oceanside; and niece, Susan Templeton.
A private interment and family memorial service will take place at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Donations are appreciated to Let's Light the Cross, Box 270443, San Diego, CA 92198.