George Lamont Temple, 93 years old, died at his home on Friday, the 21st of March 2014, at half-past nine o'clock in the evening surrounded by his family.
George is survived by his wife of 72 years, Josephine "Jody"; two children, Donna Temple Brown and Anette Temple Edens; four grandchildren, Jennifer Brown Brandon, Temple Brown, Jody Roberts, and Sarah Roberts; and six great-grandchildren, Gil, Jay, and George Brandon, Joseph Barrett, and Lucy and George Brown. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Molly Roberts.
George graduated from high school in Jefferson, Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma University where he joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity and met his wife of 72 years, Jody Boddy. Upon graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics in 1942, he took a job with Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, California and was deferred from military service as essential to the war effort. Later that year, George and Jody married on the 19th of February 1943.
Soon thereafter, George joined the Navy and was sent to Oak Ridge Tennessee as an ensign assigned to Special Project 157. He was later deployed into the Pacific arena and from Pearl Harbor served as engineering officer on first the LST 73 and subsequently the USS Kephart, a destroyer escort which sailed to Okinawa as the Fifth Fleet assembled in preparation for the invasion of Japan. After the war, he and some of his esteemed shipmates were joined by their wives in New York City for two weeks of relief, celebration, and gratitude and they remained friends throughout their lives. George was discharged and returned to Tulsa to pursue his new interest, a career in the oil industry.
George and Jody moved to Houston, TX in 1956 where George opened Reading & Bates Drilling Company's offshore drilling program. Over 14 years, he became Executive Vice President and their fleet of rigs grew from 2 to 28. Among these rigs was a deep-water drilling catamaran, designed by George for drilling in the North Sea, which was later displayed in the Smithsonian Institute for its innovative design. George resigned Reading and Bates in 1971 to form Dolphin International in association with Fred Olsen of Norway, which operated in the North Sea and Indonesia. In 1978, he started Temple Drilling Company, which operated in the Gulf of Mexico through 1985 at which time he retired.
After retirement, he divided his time between Colorado, Houston and a historic property in Washington County, TX, where he and Jody raised cattle and competition bulls. Always a gentleman, George was a smart, fun-loving man who enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife, golf, painting, designing, building and OU football. George and his family spent many summer vacations in the Bahamas, skied together in Colorado, and gathered for weekends in the country.
Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances during a visitation from five o'clock this afternoon until seven o'clock this evening Monday, the 24th of March, in the Parlor and Poolside Room at The Huntington, 2121 Kirby Drive in Houston.
The memorial service is to be conducted at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 25th of March, in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street in Houston, where the Dr. Jim Birchfield, Senior Pastor, is to officiate.