Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

November 18, 2013

Big ag honor a real surprise

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — The honors don’t get much bigger in the world of agriculture than the one given to an Elmore City couple this weekend.

For some the best part is the honor came as a surprise for both Raymond and Mary Temple when their names were announced as the recipients of a lifetime legacy award Friday night, Nov. 15.

The honor came at the start of the three-day state convention for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau in Norman.

Dale Schauer, president of the Garvin County Farm Bureau, said the Temples were nominated locally for the big honor because of their many years of service to agriculture in this county.

“It’s a very big deal,” Schauer said. “I’m tickled they were chosen for this honor.

“It’s rewarding individuals who have had a big impact on agriculture in an area and across the state,” he said.

“We nominated them because they have an impact here in Garvin County.

“It’s a prestigious honor and they didn’t know about it until the convention.”

Along with the award, the Temples were also surprised when a special video was presented Friday night at the convention.

“Raymond has deserved this type of recognition for some time,” Schauer said.

“It’s based on his contribution toward agriculture in the community in which he lives.”

Schauer is quick to stress Raymond Temple was instrumental in organizing a rural water district in the Elmore City area and has been on the county Farm Bureau for some time.

He describes Raymond and Mary as being “like two peas in a pod. You don’t see one of them without the other.”

The Temples have a farm and ranching operation near Elmore City, along with an operation in nearby Stephens County.

They have been longtime activists for the Garvin County Farm Bureau, avid supporters of the FFA chapter in Elmore City, while their grandchildren have been participants in the FFA chapters in Pauls Valley and Maysville.

Schauer added other Garvin County residents area were also up for awards during the state convention.