Dordt University student-athlete, twin brother die in car accident

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KTIV) –  Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is mourning the tragic death of one of their student-athletes.

Twenty-year-old David Temte and his twin brother Ben were both killed in a car accident on Monday morning in Montana.

David Temte had just finished a very successful season with the Dordt track team.

He and his brother were coming back to their home in Bloomington, Minnesota, after a two-week Western trip.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the Temte’s car went off the road and hit a guardrail, before colliding with a car driven by a 66-year-old Montana woman.

David majored in communication at Dordt, and he had a minor in human resources.

He was a resident assistant in North Hall at Dordt.

His friends call him a vibrant student who had a heart for others.

David was also involved in track and cross-country.

He was a member of the 4-by-800 meter relay team that won a national championship this past May in Alabama.

It was just the second national championship in that sport in Dordt history.

He achieved All-GPAC status in track and field seven times and NAIA All-American status twice.

David and Ben are survived by their parents and eight siblings.

“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.”

Brad Pautsch

Brad Pautsch

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