Temp, James Arthur
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James Arthur Temp, 79, Green Bay, passed away on the evening of Sunday November 25, 2012. Jim was born on October 10, 1933 in La Crosse Wisconsin, to the late Arthur Temp and Bernadette (Fuchs) Temp. On December 17, 1955, he married Carol Jean Sweeney of Delavan, Wisconsin. They proudly raised four beautiful daughters, a baker's dozen grandchildren and one great-grandchild as follows:
Bethany and (Tom) Lynn, Tommy, Heather, and Melissa and (Joel) O'Brien; Kelly and (Dave) Doran, Nicholas and (Sarah) Bratkowski and their son Parker, Taylor, Logan, and Conner Doran; Polly Baker, Emma, Hannah, Cole and Nolan; Megan and (Todd) Krempleski, Ethan and Kyler. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne (husband, the late Bob) Bagnefski, brother-in-law, Jim Sweeney and wife Donna, nieces, nephew, many lifelong friends and constant canine companions, Arthur and Annabelle.
Jim attended the University of Wisconsin Madison from 1952 to 1955, where he lettered in both baseball and football. In 1953, he started on the Rose Bowl team. In 1955, he started on the College All-Star Team and in that same year voted University of Wisconsin's Athlete of the year. Jim was also chosen as an Honorable Mention All American. His sophomore year, he was offered a baseball contract from the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1955, he was voted captain of his team and went on to win a silver medal playing on the United States Pan-American team.
In 1955, he was drafted number two in the second round by the Green Bay Packers and played until a career ending shoulder injury in 1960. He was starter at defensive end and also played special teams.
In recognition of his athletic career and achievements, Jim was inducted into the La Crosse Aquinas High School Athletic Hall of Fame, was voted First-Team Defensive End on Milwaukee Journals all time All-State Team - 100 Years of Wisconsin High School Football and voted Badger of the Year in Brown County and recognized as an alumnus "who has made a significant and lasting impact in his community." In 1985, Jim was awarded the UWGB Chancellor Award, the University's highest community honor. This award honored his generosity of both his time and talents to lead the teams of study, or promote or raise funds for the University.
Jim's accomplishments continued beyond his athletic career. While playing for the Packers, he worked part time for Murphy Insurance/Alexander & Alexander (now AON). Throughout his lifelong insurance career, he went on to become President of AON until his retirement in 1998. He was extremely active in the community, serving on numerous boards and committees: Green Bay Packers Executive Committee and Board of Directors, President of the University of Wisconsin Madison National "W" Club, UWGB Housing Board and a residence hall named in his honor on the UWGB Campus, Board of Directors-Prime Federal Savings (Bank Mutual), Board Member of Family Services as well as Scholarships Inc., Chairman of the YMCA, Outstanding Rotarian Award, and State Board of Insurance Agents.
His volunteer work included: Bellin Hospital, Unity Hospice, Paul's Pantry, Resurrection Catholic Parish, St Joseph Academy, Notre Dame Academy and lifelong member of the Noon Optimist and Serra Clubs.
Jim's most outstanding assets are his honesty, integrity and his faith in our Lord.
Family and friends may call Friday, November 30, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Drive, Allouez. Visitation will continue on Saturday at church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at church, with Bishop Robert Morneau, Bishop Robert Banks, Father Paul Demuth, Father James Baraniak O.Praem, and Father Richard Getchel concelebrating. Cotter Funeral Home and Cremation Service, De Pere, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.
The family respectfully requests no floral tributes.
A memorial fund has been established in Jim's name.
Cotter Funeral Home
860 North Webster Avenue De Pere, WI 54115
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2012