FAIRBANKS — Gov. Bill Walker has appointed Fairbanks attorney Thomas Temple to fill the opening created by the retirement of Fairbanks Superior Court Jane Kauvar.

Kauvar will retire July 20 after 37 years in the judiciary. Temple will take the bench Aug. 13.

Temple was raised in Culpepper, Virginia, and joined the Marine Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps in high school. Temple was the captain of his JROTC rifle team and enlisted in the Marines after graduating at 17. Temple was deployed three times during his four years as a machine gunner and rifleman, and saw active combat in the first Gulf War.

Temple was in the National Guard for seven years after leaving the service. He competed on the Guard’s pistol and rifle teams and went to the national championships several times.

Temple worked his way through law school and moved to Alaska after he graduated from George Mason University. Temple worked as an assistant district attorney in Fairbanks and Utquiavik from 2001-04. For the past 14 years, Temple has worked as a criminal defense and civil litigation attorney in the law office of William R. Satterberg.

Temple and his wife, Amy, have five children.

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