Ralph W. Templin, 82, died Monday, March 30, 2009 in Golden, Colo.
Born Nov. 1, 1926, in Dallas, Pa., he was a son of the late R.J. W. Templin and Edith Elliot Templin. He attended the Dallas School and graduated in 1943 from West Pittston High School.
After serving in the U.S. Army for 2 years, he attended Wilkes College, studying engineering.
In 1950, he began a long career at Martin Marietta Corporation, now Lockheed Martin Corporation. He worked as an Aircraft Engineer at the Baltimore, Md., facility and in 1956 was transferred to the Martin Marietta plant outside Denver, Colo., to work on the Titan Missile program.
Following that program, he worked on the Viking mission to Mars. He also worked on the Lunar (moon) Lander program.
While the lander was on the moon attempting to collect soil samples, it became inoperative. Working with his engineering colleagues, the problem was solved and the mission proceeded as planned. He and his team members have their names inscribed on a plaque on the lander, which remains on the surface of the moon today.
He began his long career as a flight instructor in Baltimore and continued his great love of flying and instructing after his move to Denver.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia Meunier Templin; and daughter, Debra Molmgren and her husband, Todd; two grandchildren, Tyler and Kera Molmgren of Golden, Colo.; sister, Mary Reese; sister-in-laws, Marian Templin and Shirley Templin, all of Dallas; Betty Templin of Meadville, Pa.; and numerous nephews.
Published in Times Leader on June 23, 2009