James A. Temp, a former Green Bay Packers football player and member of the organization’s board of directors and executive committee, died on Sunday at the age of 79.
A native of La Crosse, Wis., Temp played college football at the University of Wisconsin and was drafted in the second round by the Packers in 1955. A defensive end, Temp played in 43 games for the Packers over four seasons (1957-60).
He was elected to the Packers’ board of directors in 1987 and then to the executive committee in 1993 before reaching emeritus status in 2004. Former Packers President/CEO Bob Harlan told packers.com that Temp replaced Hall of Famer Tony Canadeo on the executive committee.
“I always tried to keep somebody on the executive committee who could give us some football input in the decisions we were trying to make,” Harlan said. “I thought Jim would be a great guy to replace Tony, and he was that.”
Temp’s time on the executive committee spanned some major developments in Packers history. The team left Milwaukee and moved all its home games to Green Bay in 1994 and got a referendum passed to renovate Lambeau Field at the turn of the century.
“He was a valuable guy who helped us through a lot of major decisions,” Harlan said. “He was with us through some very important times.”
A baseball and football player before his professional days, Temp was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. In 1993, he was named the Milwaukee Journal’s first-team defensive end on its all-time all-state high school football team, spanning 100 years of prep football in Wisconsin.
Among many charitable endeavors, Temp served as the UW-Green Bay Founders Association president in the early 1980s, heading a key philanthropic arm of the university.
“I admired him as a friend, and he was a great community leader, a very charitable person,” Harlan said. “He always wanted to contribute and give back to the community. I admired him as a man as much as I admired him for his help on the executive committee. He was that kind of person.”
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