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Mark Templeton

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Mark R. Templeton

October 7, 1958 – July 17, 2016

Mark R. Templeton, 57, passed away on July 17, 2016 in a tragic accident while kayaking on the Rogue River in Oregon. Mark was born in Austin, Texas and moved in 1964 to the San Francisco Bay Area. He met his wife, Betsy, during his freshman year at the University of California Santa Barbara and married in 1986.
In many ways, Mark was a self-taught engineer. From a young age, he had a curiosity for how things work. His passion for engineering grew from tinkering with electronic devices, machines and computers to studying engineering in college, ultimately graduating from Boston University with a B.S. in Engineering. In terms of his career, Mark was most proud of his role in co-founding Artisan Components in 1991. The company provided building blocks for the design and manufacture of integrated circuits. In more recent years, he delighted in helping others launch various business ventures.
While his professional accomplishments were impressive, his two children, Lisa and Andrew, were his greatest achievement. It would be difficult to find a prouder and more beloved father, who gained great joy following his children on their journey to adulthood.

Mark enjoyed the California outdoors as a cyclist, kayaker and skier. He was an avid reader, particularly of the technical sciences, and studied physics, astronomy and math as a relaxing pastime. He enjoyed music as a listener, guitarist, and concertgoer, and shared his love of music with his family.
Mark and his wife enjoyed exploring the countryside and major cities of Italy and France as well as several recent vacations to Hawaii. He and his family spent many summers kayaking at the Russian River. His ideal day would start with an early morning float and end with a cold beer, guacamole and chips on the deck.

Mark's family includes his wife Betsy, children Lisa and Andrew, mother Margo, siblings Cabot, Amy and Chris, Aunt Jane Blanch and cousin Ward Blanch. His father Rodney is deceased. Mark will be fondly remembered for his keen scientific mind, strong optimistic spirit, dry humor and fierce integrity. He was a kind, caring and devoted husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law and uncle and will be deeply missed.

The family gives their warmest thanks to the Josephine County Oregon community, particularly the Sheriff, Search and Rescue and his two professional Rogue River tour guides. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark's memory to Feeding America, 35 East Wacker Drive Suite 2000, Chicago, Il 60601 or the National Parks Foundation, 1110 Vermont Avenue NW #200, Washington D.C. 20005. A memorial service will be held at a future date.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 30 to Aug. 7, 2016
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