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Temple, Virgil Dale
Oct. 14, 1931 - Aug. 26, 2014

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Oct. 27, 1999 - Aug. 25, 2014

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Jul. 21, 1948 - Aug. 22, 2014

Roberts, Kenneth
Jan. 30, 1950 - Aug. 15, 2014

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Mar. 18, 1921 - Aug. 11, 2014

Thomas, Beth
Nov. 28, 1922 - Aug. 11, 2014

Stoller, Wesley
Jul. 29, 1924 - Aug. 3, 2014

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Feb. 2, 1929 - Jul. 20, 2014

Uriguen, Frank
Nov. 7, 1929 - Jul. 20, 2014

Bird, Nayoma
Aug. 20, 1922 - Jul. 18, 2014


Virgil Dale Temple
Oct. 14, 1931 - Aug. 26, 2014
Date of Funeral: Sep. 6, 2014

Virgil Dale Temple passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at his home in Rupert, Idaho. He was born on October 14, 1931 in Chetopa, Kansas to Alva Everett Temple and Viola Hayden Temple. The family moved to Burley in 1937. Virgil graduated from Burley High School in 1950 where he excelled in football and track. Although he was offered a full ride scholarship to ISU to play football, he went to work as a well driller right after high school. This was interrupted to serve with the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper from 1951-1953 with his best friend Ted Smith. On December 28, 1951, he married Gloria Moultrie while he was home on leave. When he was done jumping out of planes, he returned home to the well drilling business, drilling for Commons Drilling. A total of six years was spent drilling wells on the Snake River Plain, most of them on the Northside Pumping Project. This is where he got his start doing what it takes to get the job done, even if it meant going down one hundred feet in a well to retrieve lost drilling tools.
In 1958 he went to work for the US Bureau of Reclamation on the Northside Project as a plant mechanical helper. In 1962 he was promoted to Electrical/Mechanical foreman. On March 1, 1966 the Bureau turned the project over to the A&B Irrigation District and Virgil was hired as their first manager at the age of 34. Change came again in 1974 when Virgil went back to the USBR in Boise as an Irrigation Systems Specialist, providing technical and functional supervision for 53 Irrigation Districts in the Pacific Northwest Region. In February 1987 Virgil took an early retirement from the Bureau finishing with 21 years of service. Not being able to sit idle, one year later he was appointed manager of A&B Irrigation for the 2nd time, finally retiring for good in 1996. Virgil was a member of the Burley/Rupert Elks where he was exalted ruler in 1967, and the Rupert Country Club. He also held the position of vice-president of the Idaho Water Users Association. Virgil is survived by his son Dan (Patty)Temple, grandchildren Rori (Nathan) Lant, Justin Temple, Lacy (Scotty)Presley, and Colter Blu (Jenna) Temple. Great grandsons Andrew, Lucas, and Maxwell Lant and great granddaughter MaKaisley Temple. Sisters Norma Dietz and Doris Gibson, brothers Alvin (Marlene), Paul (Colleen), and Melvin (Linda) Temple. He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria, son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Kristi Temple, parents Alva & Vi Temple, brother-in-laws Chris Dietz and Howard Gibson, and sister-in-law Mary Temple.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Hansen Mortuary, Rupert, Id. Viewing for family and friends will be held Friday, September 5 from 6-8 and one hour prior to the service. Services are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary. The families requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Veteran Services Project Hope (Hope on the Slope, Inc.) or a charity of your choice.