George was born December 30, 1934 in Lamar, Colorado.  He is the youngest of four sons and spent his early years on a farm 1.5 miles west of Wiley, Colorado.  Twelve years of schooling in the Wiley Consolidated School system was followed by four years of matriculation at Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University).  After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture in 1956, George came back to Wiley where he farmed for four years.  He then entered into business with his brother Ernest and Arther and Fedrick Esgar forming Tempel and Esgar, Inc.  At the time they owned one grain elevator in Wiley.  The business grew over the years to eventually include 18 grain elevators, including a 100 car train loader in Cheyenne Wells and Limon, Colorado and a 54 car train loader in Otis, Colorado.  George was the general manager and president of Tempel and Esgar, Inc. until the company was sold to Cargill, Inc. in 1989.  He then served as a consultant, focusing on acquisitions and divestitures for Cargill until 1995.


The grain industry was changing in mid 90's and the large companies wanted to divest of their small country elevators.  This is when George partnered with his daughter Kelly and they, along with a third partner, repurchased the Wiley elevator.  A few years later the Bethune and Vona elevators were added to the family of Tempel Grain Elevators, LLP.   


 George Tempel 













Kelly Spitzer

Grain Merchandiser

Ben Weber

General Manager

Sheila Semmens



Fredy Gamez 

Operations Manager


Debbie Turner

Elevator Accounting


Peggy Spurlin

Elevator Bookkeeper


Jessica Marrin

Trading Accounting


Carlos Zamarron



Wil Wollert

Grain Merchandiser


Omar Ayala



Taylin Toft

Farm Accounting