On Monday morning, David Temte, a Dordt University junior from Bloomington, Minnesota, and his twin brother, Ben, were tragically killed in a car accident in Montana while returning from a two-week Western road trip.
David and Ben are survived by their parents, eight siblings, extended family, and many friends.
“There were many who knew David, and all who did, loved him dearly,” says Aaron Baart, dean of chapel. “His loss will have a profound effect on our community, and he will be so very missed.”
David majored in communication at Dordt, and he had a minor in human resources. A resident assistant in North Hall at Dordt, David was a vibrant student who had a heart for others.
“Our hearts are broken by this sudden and tragic loss,” says Derek Buteyn, director of resident life at Dordt. “David embodied joyfulness and sincerely loved and cared for others. Our campus was blessed by his friendship and kindhearted personality, and we will deeply miss him as a brother in our community.”
David was also involved in track and cross-country. He achieved All-GPAC status in track and field seven times and NAIA All-American status twice; he was a member of the 4x800 relay team that won a national championship this past May at Gulf Shores, Alabama.
“David was a special young man. He was a conference champion and a national champion, but most importantly a follower and believer of Jesus Christ,” says Nate Wolf, head cross-country coach. “David understood what Paul meant when he wrote about running the race with perseverance and lived his life striving to persevere in his faith daily. His family, friends, and teammates were incredibly important to him. I cannot overstate David’s impact on our team. As a teammate he truly celebrated the success of other people. As a friend he was quick to laugh and was always willing to have an honest and deep conversation. As a brother-in-Christ he possessed an incredible desire to serve others. We remember his family with our prayers in this incredibly difficult time, and we will miss David more than words can express. We are thankful that we have God’s promises to hold onto and are thankful that David held onto those promises as well.”