- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 57-year-old venture capitalist in Silicon Valley who used his background as an engineer to foster scientific advancement has died in a kayaking accident.

KNTV reports (https://bit.ly/2a658PL) Friday that Mark R. Templeton of Los Altos, the managing director of venture capital firm Scientific Ventures and the former co-founder and President of Artisan Components, died Sunday while kayaking with friends on the Rogue River in Oregon.

Templeton was on a guided rafting trip and drowned when his inflatable kayak flipped at Wildcat Rapid.

In his capacity as a director and board member of numerous tech companies and organizations, he had a hand in driving growth in the intellectual property market through a combination of technical and business innovations, the station reported.

Spokesman Sam Singer says Templeton was an avid kayaker who had crossed many rivers and lakes.

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Information from: KNTV-TV.


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