The idea of something beautiful began in October of 1984. Diboll Booster Club President, Jack Cook Sweeney discussed his idea with Diboll Free Press editor, Paul Durham. He urged that the free press get behind such project. While Sweeney and others tossed around the idea and with the booster club having such productive years they could donate as much as $100,000.00. On October 25th an editorial appeared in the paper headed, it’s time to build something beautiful again?” Arthur Temple read the newspaper each week and at about 8:30am the morning the issue came out, he called the editor to compliment the story and to say he was 100 percent in favor of such project.

As the weeks went on, more and more headlines and discussion of the plans to build something beautiful headlined the Diboll Free Press. In November it had been decided that a civic center was in the plans. The first donation was from the TLL Temple Foundation at $100,000 to get things going and then another article stated that the Temple Inland foundation had funded another $250,000. A generous gift of $100,000 also came from Tom Temple Keeler of Corpus Christie, a member of the family to help make this project be put into action. The Diboll Booster Club gave $200,000 from the previous Diboll Day proceeds. With the generosity of the two foundations, those who contributed to Diboll Day and other friends of Diboll, the civic center was given to the City of Diboll, debt free.

The building was named after Lottie & Arthur Temple whom had done so much for the City of Diboll and East Texas for so many years. A large portrait along with smaller plaques still remains in the lobby of the civic center as a token of respect and honor for their wonderful services. The Temple Eastex Awards Banquet was the first event held at the civic center on February 9, 1987. An open house was held on March 2, 1987 and a formal dedication was given at the following Diboll Day on October 3, 1987. Hundreds of memorable events have taken place in the last 24 years.

In June 2010 the Temple foundation funded another grant of $1 million dollars for renovation of the 23 year old facility. This allowed the facility to get the most current updated sound, lighting and features. We are still in the process of updating and making changes to the facility. Our goal is to accommodate our clients to the fullest and make their event as memorable and unforgettable as possible.