Former La Plata County resident Patricia Ann Draheim Temple died of cancer Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at her home west of Cortez. She was 61.
Known as “Pati,” she was born to Charles and Carol Draheim in December 1951 in Ithaca, N.Y.
In 1974, she married David Temple in Hillsboro, Ore.
The couple owned Animas Valley Arborists and lived in Bondad for 30 years.
Mrs. Temple was a supporter of the La Plata County Humane Society and organized several fundraisers for the organization. She volunteered with the San Juan Citizens Alliance in the early days of working with La Plata County on gas and oil regulations. She was also a member of the Audobon Society.
“No words can describe Pati’s love of animals,” her family said. “She was a lifelong advocate for animals because she often said that they cannot speak for themselves and was always known to rescue any animal in need.”
About 10 years ago, the Temples sold Animas Valley Arborists and moved to Trail Canyon west of Cortez, where they founded Trees of Trail Canyon.
Mrs. Temple was a strong supporter of For Pets’ Sake Humane Society in Cortez and was a founding member of the National Mustang Association – Colorado Chapter (Spring Creek Basin Herd).
“Mustang angel and lover of all wildlife, words cannot come close to describing the dynamo that was Pati, and the heartbreak is raw,” her family said.
Mrs. Temple is survived by her husband of 38 years, David Temple, of Cortez; sister, Marcie Draheim, of Durango; brothers Steven Draheim of New York and Michael Draheim of Arkansas; two nieces; and cousins and extended family members.
A celebration of life is being planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pati Temple Memorial Fund, c/o For Pets’ Sake Humane Society, P.O. Box 1705, Cortez, CO. 81321 or www.forpetessakehs.org; or the Colorado Chapter of the National Mustang Association, P.O. Box 277, Dolores, CO 81323.
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