Dec. 3, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Jim Temp, a 1955 graduate of Wisconsin and a member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away Nov. 25 at the age of 79 in Green Bay, Wis.
A three-sport athlete of Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wis., Temp went on to letter in both baseball and football at the University of Wisconsin. He was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
While at Wisconsin, he lettered four years in baseball and carried a .303 lifetime batting average. He earned a starting position at first base in 1952, and in 1954 fielded 242 put-outs and 16 assists with only four errors for a .985 fielding percentage. He served as captain in 1955, and played on the United States Pan American baseball team that earned a silver medal in 1955.
Temp was also a starter for the football team as a defensive end and while also playing offense. He participated in the 1953 Rose Bowl and was a starter on the 1955 Chicago Tribune All-Star Team. He was named Wisconsin's Athlete of the Year in 1955.
He was drafted in the second round by the Green Bay Packers in 1955, and played in 43 games over four seasons for the Packers after he completed two years of military duty (1957-60). His last two seasons were under the legendary coach Vince Lombardi.
Temp entered the insurance business after his NFL career and he became a community leader in Green Bay. He was involved in fundraising for UW-Green Bay and the school named a residence hall for him in 1989. In 1987, he was elected to the 45-person Green Bay Packers Board of Directors, and later to the seven-person Executive Committee of the Board. In 2004, he was elected Director Emeritus of the Packer Board.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Temp, four daughters, 13 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
UW Athletics Hall of Fame 2007
Baseball - Football
.303 batting average for 4 years
1952 Hit .294 and won starting position at first base
1954 Fielded 242 put-outs and 16 assists with only 4 errors for a fielding percentage of .985
1955 Captain of baseball team
Played on the United States' Pan-American baseball team
1953 Defensive end on the football team and also played offensively
1953 Starter and participant on Rose Bowl team
1955 Starter on Chicago Tribune College All-Star Football team
1955 Wisconsin's Athlete of the Year
1955 Drafted in the second round by Green Bay Packers (played 1957-60 after two years military duty)
1987 Elected to Green Bay Packer 45-man Board of Directors
1993 Elected to seven-man Executive Committee of Green Bay Packers
1993 First-team defensive end on Milwaukee Journal's All-time All-state Team - 100 Years of Wisconsin High School Football
2004 Elected Director Emeritus of Green Bay Packers