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Big Green Donor of the Week -- Ron and Susan DeTemple

April 1, 2013

For the last 40 years, Ron and Susan DeTemple have been fixtures at Big Green and Marshall University athletics events. In the event that you don't know these loyal Herd supporters, here is a look at the DeTemples, who are this week's Big Green Donor(s) of the Week.

Ron, a high energy and outgoing entrepreneur, received his undergraduate degree in mathematics in 1967 and a master's in guidance and counseling in 1970. After beginning his career teaching math at Chesapeake (Ohio) High School, Ron went on to build an extremely successful land development and property management (RD Properties) career which include Garden Park Apartments and the Laurel Woods and Longwood subdivisions in the East Pea Ridge area of Huntington.

Susan, an intelligent and reserved young lady, is widely known as the much, much better half of Ron. Susan received elementary education and nursing degrees during her time at Marshall, and has spent time as a teacher at Altizer Elementary, a nurse and as co-owner and property manager of Garden Park and RD Properties.

Ron and Susan never have wavered in their support of the Big Green or Marshall athletics, especially with their display of recent generosity by becoming participants in the Vision Campaign, and for providing transitional housing to new coaches and athletic staff members. Those are two contributions that truly cannot be measured.

Now when you see -- or in Ron's case hear -- the DeTemples at a Herd athletics or Big Green event in the future, you will know just who they are.

Susan: "I loved watching George Stone, Bob Redd, and Bob Allen with Ellis Johnson at the field house. The high energy and thunderous noise was exciting."

Ron: "I have watched every home football game but one in the last 50 years. Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich demonstrated the passion, skill, and leadership that I enjoy."

Susan: "Marshall football and basketball games are part of our family. Our first date was a Marshall football game, and when our daughters were little, we'd pack up the motorhome and travel to see the Herd. Now, Kate and Ali, our granddaughters, love attending Marshall athletic events with us."



Ron: "There are so many: The Division I-AA playoffs, national championship games, bowl games, Southern Conference Tournaments, NCAA appearances, full houses at the field house, Byron at Akron, Chad at Chattanooga, and the 64-61 OT Victory over ECU. What a ride!!!!"

Susan: "Marshall has been a part of our lives for a long, long time. To be competitive, Marshall needs money for facilities and coaches to attract the best student-athletes."

Ron: "We have been so blessed to be educated and to be entertained by MU for about 50 years. We want to give back and help other young people grow. MU needs financial support from its alumni, local businesses, and our community. We want to help."