Stephen Paul Temple Mr. Stephen Paul Temple, 55, of Tucson, Arizona, died April 19, 2009 peacefully at home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He will be remembered as an extraordinary person of impeccable character filled with immense integrity, courage, faith in God, bountiful giving of unconditional love, fantastic sense of humor with an infectious laugh and unparalleled memory for details. Mr. Temple was born on March 7,1954 in Enid, Oklahoma, the son of the late Reverend Paul and Iris Temple. His sister Naomi Freeman also preceded Mr. Temple in death. Stephen graduated from Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1972 and attended college in Tucson, Arizona. He had a long and successful career in restaurant management followed by outside sales. He treasured his family and relied strongly on his faith during his challenging illness. Mr. Temple is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary (Nickel) Temple; two sons, Paul (23) and Walter (20) of Tucson; two sisters, Lorel Murray (David) of Finchford, Iowa and Sharon Coughlin (James) of Olathe, Kansas; and numerous beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Additional Information: While attending high school in Cedar Falls, Stephen worked full time during his Junior and Senior years at the Holiday Inn, learning all the different positions and responsibilities within the restaurant business. He didn't realize how this experience would prepare him for the path which lay ahead of him. After high school he worked for John Deere in Waterloo Iowa. With great discipline he was able to quickly save enough money to buy his first home at the young age of 19. Upon moving to Kansas City, he utilized his talents and experience to excel in restaurant management at several top establishments. His attention to detail, organization, people skills and friendly personality afforded him great success and advancement in addition to making numerous friends. One of which introduced him to his future wife Mary. Stephen and Mary were married in Kansas City on October 27th, 1984. Stephen and Mary had two sons: Paul Charles Temple II and Walter Montgomery Temple. Paul was born in Kansas City in 1986 and named after Stephen's father. Shortly after moving to Tucson, AZ, Walter was born and named after Mary's father. Stephen also worked as an insurance agent until he sustained an unfortunate head injury. After healing, Stephen and Mary decided to break tradition with Stephen staying home with the boys and Mary pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Stephen understood the importance of having a parent at home during the boy's formative years and with great determination, faith and love, assumed this unconventional role with the same resolve, courage and high standards he had learned from his parents and his different job experiences. Mary and the boys were incredibly spoiled under Stephen's care. His selflessness and unconditional love for his family set the stage for Mary, Paul and Walter to prosper emotionally and spiritually. In 1995, Mary's job took the family to Wisconsin and four years later back to Arizona in 1999. Stephen continued his responsibility of lead care-giver for his family. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer shortly after their relocation to Arizona. And even though he endured countless surgeries and numerous cancer treatments, he never once shirked his responsibilities nor did you ever hear him complain or wallow in self-pity. He accepted the challenges of this terrible disease with un-wavering faith and enormous grace and dignity. Most facing the same extreme circumstances would have simply given up but Stephen's resolve was uncompromising. Stephen loved life and enjoyed jazz, fine dining, sports, especially football and basketball, politics, current events, movies and television classics such as Little House on the Prairie, Walton's mountain and Andy Griffith. He loved to spend time with his family playing board games, putting together puzzles and even the simple pleasure of sitting down as a family to one of his fabulous meals. He had an incredible memory and would gladly share his wealth of knowledge. If you couldn't find the answer, Stephen was your go-to person. Stephen endeared himself to everyone who met him. He was a fantastic loving husband, father, brother and friend. And although his physical presence will no longer be with us, the legacy of the man he was will continue to flourish in his boys, his wife and everyone who knew him. Click here to view the funeral service for Stephen Temple.