Whether it’s making a green smoothie or coaching his son’s football team, Cedar Hills dad Joel Templeton makes every moment count with his chiropractic practice and his family. This father of five learned responsibility after losing his own dad to a long-term illness.
Every morning, my alarm goes off at 5:45 and I do my daily reading and get myself ready. Morning is the best part of my day. I let my wife sleep a little more while my 2-year-old and I go around the house to get my other four children out of bed and ready for school. I make a green smoothie that I share with Daxton — he knows the routine.
Simple family time is my favorite because when I was 15, I lost my own dad to a long-term illness. I was the oldest at home and the responsibilities of the house fell on me. My mom looked to me to get the swamp cooler started in the summer and get it winterized in the colder months. When the lawn mower broke, I was the one to figure out how to fix it.
It was a lot of pressure, but I didn’t know anything different. My biggest concern was how I was going to pay for my education. That pushed me to work hard in sports. I made the All-State football team at Alta High School and got a scholarship to play for Southern Utah University.
I served an LDS mission to Cape Town, South Africa. It was incredible to see the socioeconomic diversity there and even spend six months of my mission in Namibia — a separate country that was as far from the mission home as you could get. I came home and walked on at the University of Utah to play football for a season.
I got interested in sports and football because of my dad’s health. This also pushed me to pursue health and nutrition as a career. I have been a practicing chiropractor for 12 years, and I’ve been in Utah County for the past five. I help people avoid disease through back adjustments, weight loss and diet changes.
My dad’s poor health kept him from taking us hunting or fishing or playing sports, even though he loved those things. I love doing these activities with my kids. My wife, Kristin, is pretty outdoorsy so we go hunting and fishing as a family up in Idaho. My daughter plays volleyball, and I have coached my son’s football team since he was in third grade. Next year he’ll be in ninth grade and I will be freshman head coach at Lone Peak. I enjoy teaching him and the other boys life lessons through football.
Losing my dad changed my perspective. I try to look at all the choices I am making with diet, exercise and how I spend my time — all of that affects my kids. Every moment counts.