Barry Lee Temple
1960 - 2020
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Barry Lee Temple

(12/31/1960-8/27/2020)

Barry was born in Panama City, FL on December 31, 1960. His father's military career moved his family several times before they settled in Mesa, AZ in October of 1972. He spent his youth playing baseball as a talented catcher. He continued playing baseball through high school and played semi-pro as a young husband and father. He was also a very gifted singer and an active member of Mesa High School's A Capella Choir, where he graduated from in 1978. Throughout his life he continued blessing others with his voice through several Catholic ministries, including New Exodus, Yes Lord and a strong connection with the Cursillo movement.

He started dating his sweetheart, Antionette, in October of 1979. They married in January of 1981 and built a beautiful life, raising three daughters and one son together. Barry worked many jobs to provide for his family before finding his sweet spot in sales and as a business owner. His business, Arizona Service and Installation, was formed with a foundation of faith and to provide an opportunity for men to be fathers and husbands. He built connections with his customers and vendors, always willing to go above and beyond to ensure he earned their trust and loyalty.

Barry and Antionette raised their four children in Mesa, AZ and briefly in La Mesa, CA. He spent his years as a father leading his family in the Catholic Church, coaching various sports and attending countless recitals. He loved his family more than life itself and discovered his best down time was at the beach or laying on the floor snuggled with his grandbabies.

His ultimate calling was to be a Papa. When he spoke of his grandbabies, which was often, he would light up. He was the most encouraging Papa, always making sure they knew how special they are. He was also the most spoiling Papa, there wasn't much he said no to. When they would walk into the room or even his office, his whole world stopped to love on them.

Barry was generous to a fault. He truly had the heart and spirit of Santa. He gave his time, talents and money so generously. He had an eye for detail and was passionate about his faith, his family and his country. He touched the lives of so many, and we are truly better for knowing him. He is sorely missed, but we believe he has accomplished his greatest goal and entered the Kingdom of Heaven. We believe we will be reunited with him one day.

Barry has left behind his beautiful wife, Antionette. He also leaves behind daughters Samantha Armitage (Peter), Kimberlee Swiszcz (Michael), Erin Krause (Matthew) and his son Troy (Holly). His grandbabies that miss him dearly are Annabella, Van, Mya, Kaila, Ruby, Dominick, Maverick, Evie, Abbigail and Tommy. He is also survived by his sister and best friend Cynthia Blount, brother John Temple, his stepfather Dwayne McKinney and his children Karen, Tim and Andy. He was greeted in Heaven by his granddaughter Tillie Swiszcz, his parents John and Eileen Temple, in-laws Jess and Tillie Padilla, brother Carl Temple and many family members and friends.

A Visitation from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Rosary 7:00 PM will be held Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery & Mortuary 1562 E Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204. The Mass of the Resurrection will be held Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Anne Catholic Church 440 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234. A luncheon will immediately follow Mass and there will be an afternoon Burial.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Barry's favorite Charity. They would host events for handicapped adults that Santa would visit each year. Please mail donations to Knights of Columbus, Council 3121. Attention Grand Knight Ralph Mendibles. 644 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85225. Please include, "In Memory of Santa."




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2, 2020.
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September 19, 2020
To my dearest friend Barry, we grew up together and i was so heartbroken to hear of your passing. You lived a great life as a husband, papa and dad. You will be missed my friend, love you lots, till we meet again your friend forever, Tony.
Antonio J Flores
Friend
September 5, 2020
Barry's lovely daughter & family live across the street from us. He was most kind to be Santa last year for my grandson which was his best Christmas ever. Such a wonderful man with a beautiful family. He will be missed. Heaven definitely has a gained another Angel.
The Kirby Family
Neighbor
September 4, 2020
So sad to hear of Barry’s passing. Makes me feel a little vulnerable myself!
Jeff Ward
Classmate
September 3, 2020
To Antionette and family: May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I feel blessed to have known Barry who I consider to be a genuine child and servant of God. I will truly miss him, but am happy that now he’s with our Lord and the rest of your family. God bless you all ✝
Cecil Aguinaldo
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September 3, 2020
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September 3, 2020
Barry was a gentleman, a friend and a businessman who cared deeply for his customers. Here at Xavier Prep he and his crew for over 20 years serviced our backstops and bleachers, and installed and serviced our theater seating . He and his company Arizona Service and Installation was a long time sponsor and vendor at the yearly Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Conference. In 2019 Barry was awarded the AIAAA's prestigious Medallion of Distinction Award given to a person and company for their loyalty and service to Arizona's Athletic Administrators and their schools. He will be greatly missed and is in our thoughts and prayers . Sister Lynn Winsor BVM, CMAA,Vice Principal for Activities/Athletics Xavier College Preparatory, Sponsorship Chairperson, AIAAA
Sister Lynn Winsor
Family
September 3, 2020
Carry On. May God bless you and your family you will be missed.
Earl Rogers
Classmate
September 3, 2020
Uncle Bubba, I think we all feel robbed of more time with you! Uncle Bubba was always there in times of need for any of us ..always so giving, selfless, with complete adoration for his entire family. He was really a gentle giant to all of us. Let's not forget his quick witted sense of humor either. Antionette, Sam, Kim, Erin, and Troy thank you for sharing your dad with all of us. We are all better people for knowing him. Love and miss you Uncle Bubba...Jennifer, Jocelyn, Brooke, and David.
Jennifer Blount
Family
September 2, 2020
Barry was a dear friend of mine in high school. I will always remember his friendly, cheerful and caring personality. I'm confident Barry is safe in the kingdom of God and pray God will comfort his family and friends.
Mark Winsor
Classmate
September 2, 2020
I am so so very sorry. My prayers will be with you Antoinette and your whole family. Julie Weldon (Ark)
Julie Weldon
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September 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jeff Ward
Classmate
September 2, 2020
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September 2, 2020
On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Council 3121, I would like to express our deepest condolences and prayers to Barry's family. Barry was and will always be one of the Greatest men I have ever had the honor to meet and work with. We will always Love, Miss and Honor You Santa. Till we meet again my Great Friend, "De Colores"
Ralph Mendibles
Friend
September 2, 2020
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May you Rest in Peace in the blue skies my friend. It is with such sadness we say goodbye but never forgotten. Hugs and loves to you and the family . God bless you all
Larry and Helen and Family Litten
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September 1, 2020
There are no words to express our grief or our wish that we could do more to console your family but our prayers have been unceasing since the moment Papa Temple fell ill and they continue now. We love you all and we know that he is joined by an army of friends, who were also Christian fathers, and they are all praying for your hearts to heal. God bless you all!
Katie Martoncik and Family
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September 1, 2020
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September 1, 2020
An amazing man gone too soon! All of our love, thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Michelle Summerville
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