Legendary Humanitarian Honored

"I think the most impressive thing about my grandfather is his commitment to the community and the fact that he was willing to take chances that other people weren't," said Spence Spencer. "He had the vision to do it and certainly the energy. We're gonna really miss him."

Longtime friends and former colleagues agree; the town of Diboll and the entire East Texas area has lost one of its most influential, powerful, and beloved native sons.

Kenny Jastrow, Temple Inland CEO and board chairman, said, "He's one of the truly great leaders - business leaders - in American History. In addition to that, he was a great builder and he built a great industrial company in our company."

A family man, businessman, and humanitarian, Arthur Temple was a strict and savvy community leader with a warm heart.

"He's just a remarkable person and his name will go down in history in this area," said family friend, Rev. Bettie Kennedy.

Although he was wealthy and well-known, friends and family members said he was also well-liked and down to earth.

Hannah Temple said her grandfather "tried so hard to instill that spirit of giving in members of his family and he just always encouraged us to look to the community at large - past our personal issues. He was just a very caring, giving person."

Arthur Temple's family is mourning a great loss, but there will always be constant reminders of his contributions to East Texas. Friday's visitation was held in the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll - a facility named after him and his late wife.

Arthur Temple's funeral is set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Lufkin.