A.D. Templeton's father always told him that "When a man retires, a man dies." Templeton said his father worked all the way until just shortly before he died at age 94.
True to the Templeton way, the longtime U.S. marshal was forced to retire in September not because he's finished with federal justice, but because he reached the agency's age limit of 57. In over three decades spent chasing criminals and protecting the innocent, 23 with the oldest law United States law enforcement agency, Templeton has seen laws and enforcement change while he's preserved a tried-and-true philosophy for handling bad guys.
"I've always said I'll treat you as good as you'll let me and as bad as you make me," he said a credo that has maintained respect attorneys and judges and may have even saved a few lives when fugitives came across opportunities for an escape.
Barely out of the doors of the heavily guarded federal courthouse, Templeton's already had several job offers, and he says he plans to work again at some point. But, as it has been for the 35 years he's spent in law enforcement, Templeton's family comes first.
The first thing on his "to do" list after retirement is to finish building a house on a plot of land in northern Comanche County, so he can remain in the area. Despite countless opportunities throughout his career for promotions and long stints of time spent all over the country hunting the "ultimate prey," Templeton has remained a fierce and loyal Lawtonian.