Chelsea Nicole Templeman

March 5, 1992July 20, 2020

Chelsea was born on a Spring day in March of 1992 to the delight of her parents and big brother. Our Daughter, Chelsea Nicole Templeman, passed away too soon. At the time of her death, she was doing what she loved to do the most, with people she cared about deeply and who cared deeply about her. She was a person who lived life to its fullest. Never afraid of what lie ahead and always ready for the challenges that life offered her. Once one adventure was finished, she was looking for the next one. She shared of herself freely, looking out for those she knew and helping whoever she could. She embraced life, making new friends everywhere she went, creating lasting memories.

After graduating High School, she set her course to travel and work wherever her dreams and her little blue van would take her. Astoria, Glacier National Park, the Tetons, Mt. Rainer National Park, Nevada, and finally Wyoming, where we believe she found the love and happiness she richly deserved in a fine man, David Fernandez.

As a family, we spent summer vacations in Idaho. We spent hours swimming in “The Lake”, playing Mad Libs, hours of Yahtzee, hikes through the forest, and the best huckleberry milkshakes.

Chelsea liked to create beauty, working in mosaics, colored pencil, painting, collage scrapbooking, and crafting handmade cards. She enjoyed playing both the flute and ukulele. She took pride in her culinary skills and knowledge she had acquired over the years and enjoyed creating fantastically delicious meals for friends and family. She loved the outdoors. Camping, swimming in mountain lakes and just absorbing the nature and beauty that surrounded her on her many trips. And of course, Chelsea loved to hike all new trails in a quest for new beauty and discoveries. Always fearless in all her endeavors. A home on wheels, a tank of gas, a few beers, a little yoga, “AAHHH…That’s the life!”. There was no place she would not go. Being quite the photographer, there were no lengths that Chelsea wouldn’t go through to get the best image of her life’s quests. Always eager to share her experiences with friends and family.

Daughter, sister, girlfriend, a true-friend, self-confident, dependable, empathetic, fearless, humorous, gregarious, a magnet of love and life and laughter, a brilliantly bright light of hope and happiness in an often-dark world, a soul who cared for and was cared about by those who knew her and loved her. Chelsea always looked on the bright side, looking forward to the next day. She had sparkly blue eyes and the most beautiful smile that lit up her face and a loving heart.

Our hearts ache to be with her again. She will be missed by all. Chelsea, our angel, truly has reached the top of the mountain.

This is who Chelsea is, was and will always be.

To my darling sister Chelsea,

I still remember the day you were born, even 28 years later. Dad trying to help Mom get to the hospital before the sun came up on a March morning, Grandma and Grandpa trying to get me to school. I remember coming to the hospital later that afternoon and seeing this adorable bald little girl with a pink ribbon on her head, and fell in love with her immediately. When you started to get old enough to talk, you started calling me Baba, which stuck as a nickname of endearment for years. I have wonderful memories of playing with you as a little crawling baby in the living room, galloping my hands on the floor like a charging horse, and having you break out in a tremendous belly laugh that only a happy baby can. We formed such a strong and loving bond as brother and sister during those early years, and that bond would last all of our lives together.

Crushing me at Yahtzee CONSTANTLY. Playing Guitar Hero on my PlayStation 2 for hours on end in my room together. Booting me off our dial-up internet when I was chatting with my girlfriend, because you thought it was so funny. Being playful chased by the little pug dog down the street who'd only bark at you. Entertaining ourselves with the antics of Pig and Rat in the "Pearls Before Swine" cartoons in the newspaper. Watching your goldfish Sparky grow absolutely huge in his bowl from all of your care and love. Singing along with the newest N'Sync or Fall Out Boy song as a young teenager. Opening Christmas presents hidden in the Cube. Family dinners around the dining room table, making each other, as well as Mom & Dad, laugh so hard to the point of tears. Munching on beer dip together at Thanksgiving while we caught up on life as adults. Texting each other hilarious memes we found on the Internet. Sneaking you into town to surprise Mom & Dad at Christmas. Enjoying every single "Hey Big Brother!" postcard I would find in my mailbox that you sent while exploring the world. Having special dinners as a family at Salty's on the Columbia River and El Indio for Dad and Mom's birthdays in 2020. The quiet moments we could just sit and talk when you would stay at my house. The warm and love filled group hug we had as an immediate family the last time we saw you in Portland. These, and memories like it, are what I will look back on with great fondness when I remember our life together. I just wish we could have added far more to that list, and hate the thought that we won't be able to…

Chelsea, I was so proud of you being able to find your own path in the world as you grew into a deep, thoughtful, and caring woman. You did it in a way that not only made you so happy and full of joy, it did the same for so many of your friends - and there were A LOT of friends, all of which miss you tremendously now. I am glad you found a special and lasting love with a wonderful man like David. Chelsea, you were the ultimate Wildflower, and your spirit for life I will always cherish. When I looked back at pictures from your trip on the John Muir Trail, I saw my little sister living out her dreams, as only you knew how to do it. The spectacle of the natural beauty created by the Earth was so glorious up there, you had to be a short walk away from Heaven already. And maybe that's why you left us when you did. It's a question I don't know if I will find out in this lifetime, but hopefully one that can eventually be answered.

As you would close out your heartfelt postcards to me - "love you and miss you." And I will forever.

I promise I will look after, love, and protect Mom & Dad until my last breath for the both of us.

Rest well sweet sister Chelsea. I await the day that I will again see your beautiful smiling face looking back at me with open arms and a loving heart.

Your Brother,



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Richard English

August 3, 2020

Chelsea was a joy to have in the classroom with her charm, intelligence, and wit. She was loved and cherished by her family and friends. She represented the best of the class of 2010.

Jessica Rylands

August 1, 2020

Chelsea was my roommate in Wyoming, I came all the way from Florida absolutely terrified of starting new on the other side of the country. We were instant friends and she made me feel at home even though we were both new to the ranch. In the short time we spent together she quickly became one of my greatest friends. I’m going to miss her more than anything. Her kindness and energetic spirit could light up a room and will continue to do so. My deepest condolences. Sending all my love.

Karen Loper

July 31, 2020

I have know Chelsea since her beginning and was able to watch her grow into the free spirited beautiful person and thankful she has so many friends, it comforts my breaking heart..Chelsea’s mom and I have been friends since high school so the memories are many. This memory is the look I usually got and for some reason she referred to me as a platypus not sure why, it is a look I will cherish forever. I admire Chelsea for her sense of adventure and fearless approach to life!! I wish for peace & healing to Debbie, Scott, Eric & all of her friends....

Becci Read-Ryan

July 31, 2020

I have been trying to write this all week, and I just can’t find the words to describe what a beautiful and kind soul Chelsea was. I have known Chelsea since kindergarten. We grew up together, and looking back almost every fond childhood memory I have involves her in some way. We made up a secret language in 4th grade, we tried to save a dying bird on the beach in 6th grade, shared every minor and major middle school life detail while listening to Fall Out Boy, and spent every high school lunch with our amazing friend group. I always admired her bravery to be herself and follow her dreams, and always wished to be a little more like her. She lived life in the moment, with joy and love. The world is a little darker without her in it, and I don’t think I’ll ever understand why she had to go too soon. But I will always remember her kindness, her bravery, her smile, and that I was so lucky to be her friend. In the words of our favorite pre-teen band “I know this hurts, it was meant to”. It hurts that you are gone, but that only means you were special and made an impact on this world. You are loved, Chels, and you will forever be missed.

Krista Iwaniec

July 30, 2020

I cannot find the right words to convey how much Chelsea’s presence has influenced my life. She was one of the most kindhearted and caring souls I have ever met. Chelsea was always making friends and she brought so many people together. Because of her, I was able to form friendships with people that I otherwise might have never met and I will forever be grateful. Every day with Chelsea was full of happiness and laughter. Her love of life and sense of adventure were inspiring and every moment was brighter with her in it.
Thank you for being a part of my life and for being such an incredible friend. You have brought so much joy and love to everyone around you and I will always cherish the time we spent together.
My condolences to Chelsea’s family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Paris Mayhew

July 30, 2020

My most recent memory of Chelsea was just a couple years ago when she came over for dinner and we stayed up all night talking. Reminiscing on memories from our childhood, stories about her trips around the country, and of course all about the wonderful man David she had met. It was as if not a moment went by since the last time I'd seen her. Chelsea hadn't changed at all. And that is what I admired most about her. She was still the bubbly, loving spirit I became friends with some 20+ years ago. Always true to herself and touched the soul of everyone she met.

My deepest condolences to her family. Chelsea will be missed immensely.

Pranathi Bontha

July 29, 2020

Dear Eirc, It's terrible to hear about your loss, I can't imagine what you and your parents are going through. I know you are very close to your sister. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace!

Pranathi Bontha

July 29, 2020

Dear Eirc, It's terrible to hear about your loss, I can't imagine what you and your parents are going through. I know you are very close to your sister. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace!

Megan Young

July 29, 2020

I have the most incredible memories with Chelsea, full of adventure and laughter. It would take me a liftime to express what she and those memories mean to me. She made friends everywhere she went and brought laughter with her. The impression she left on so many people will last forever, and she will never be forgotten.

One specific memory that makes me laugh is when we were at my family's cabin and went down to the creek. The creek was frozen over with ice, and Chelsea wanted to walk out on the ice so she could get further down the creek. Of course that was a terrible plan, and we both fell through the ice and had to walk back freezing. But we laughed a lot, and had a lot of fun.

Chelsea will never be forgotten, and will always be loved.

My deepest condolences to her family at this time.

Araham Chacko

July 29, 2020

I did not know Chelsea personally, however I am friends and work with her brother Eric Templeman. It is always very tough to lose a family member - especially one who is so young with a life ahead so full of promise.

May Chelsea's soul Rest In Peace.

I pray that God gives the Templeman family the strength and fortitude to bear Chelsea's loss.

My prayers are with the family. God bless.

-Abraham Chacko


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