Clyde Edward Bohmfalk

September 4, 1938December 9, 2012
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Dr. Clyde Edward Bohmfalk, age 74, a resident of both Austin and Hondo, Texas, passed away on December 9, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 4, 1938, in Hondo to Frederick W. and Nettie Brucks Bohmfalk. Clyde grew up in Hondo, attending the Hondo Public Schools, and graduated from Hondo High School in 1957. After high school, he attended Southwest Texas State College, Sul Ross State College, and The University of Texas at Austin, where he completed his B.A. in Biology (1961), M.A. in Botany (1969), and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology (1971). He was a high school biology teacher in Midland (Midland H.S. and Robert E. Lee H.S., ‘61-‘64), in Austin (Austin, Reagan, and Crockett high schools, ’64-’72), and taught at UT-Austin (’71-’72) as an instructor of plant ecology. In 1972, he joined the Texas Water Quality Board as a biologist/hydrologist. He served the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and its predecessor agencies in several capacities from 1972 until his retirement in August of 2012, including Director of Water Quality Planning. During his tenure, he was also the Texas representative to the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASIWPCA), worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and was the liaison between TCEQ and the State Soil Conservation Service. Clyde married Joylene Tilley, also of Hondo, in 1959, and they were married for 53 happy years. His greatest pleasures were barbecuing for his family, woodworking and creating handmade wooden gifts, and hosting get-togethers of family and friends at their ranch. He was happiest as an enthusiastic supporter of his grandchildren’s numerous extracurricular activities. He loved listening and dancing to Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, and music of the Fifties. He also loved the Texas Longhorns and the Hondo Owls, and was a proud member of their 1956 state finalist football team. Clyde is survived by his wife Joylene; his children and their spouses, Shannon and Jim McLaughlin of Cedar Park; Reagan and Chico Portillo of Austin, and Michael and Regina Bohmfalk of Round Rock; his grandchildren Sean and Catie McLaughlin, Daniel and Breanna Portillo, and Patrick, Ian, and Ashlynn Bohmfalk; his sister Dorothy Duncan of Lampasas; brother and sister-in-law, Wilbur and Nelma Bohmfalk of Hondo; and brothers- and sisters-in-law and spouses, Ron and Gaye Tilley Wunsch of Muldoon; Noel Kern Tilley of New Braunfels, Fred and Kevin Tilley Bader of Hondo; Tobin and Jeanette Aelvoet Tilley of Kerrville; and Ray Don and Diane Dush Tilley of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews, who knew him as their Uncle Clydie and grandfather figure, who enriched the lives of his extended familiy and friends. His calm and compassionate nature served as an example to others and was the strength and solid foundation for his family. A Funeral service will be held at New Fountain United Methodist Church on Wednesday, the 12th of December, at 12:00 p.m. A visitation will be held at the church prior to the service from 10:00-12:00 p.m. Burial will follow at the Hondo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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John Hofmann

March 27, 2013

Wow, this is tough to get your head around. Like many I worked with Clyde back in the agency....he was a good man and a true friend....and a true Texan. I'm proud to know him.

Jonathan Markley

January 31, 2013

Joylene, Anne and I just heard of Clyde's passing from our vet, Everit Simmons,a fellow grad student of Clyde's at the UT Botany Dept. I will always remember Clyde with fond memories, the great advise, and the commiserating we did together over Dr. McMillan. Our best to you and your family, Anne and Jonathan

David Meesey

December 21, 2012

I worked for and with Clyde for 35 years and he was always one of my favorites - so down to earth but still professional. When I spoke with him at a meeting last summer, he still had a light in his eyes and a firm handshake. RIP Clyde; we will miss you terribly.

Jack Davis

December 18, 2012

Clyde was my supervisor for most of the 25 years I worked at TCEQ. He was a great boss, and a better man. Someone already mentioned the laugh, and I won't ever forget it, either. I'll always remember him supporting my technical analyses in creating water quality standards for the Trinity River, a very politically-charged situation. I guarantee the Trinity is better off today because of the courage and resolve he showed in dealing with those issues. A man of principle and integrity, a good friend...

Stephen Twidwell

December 15, 2012

I worked with Clyde for over 30 years on what he liked to call the "puddle jumpers team!" This work took us to all corners of the State, where we met all kinds of people. One thing for sure, Clyde was a real Texas character. His homespun humor, developed from years of growing up in rural Hondo, enabled him to talk with anyone. He had very good communication skills that he used to tame hostile audiences, dealing with water quality issues. He was the kind of friend that was always willing to help. He was most proud of his family.

kemp and lea ann dixon

December 13, 2012

Dearest Joylene- Words simply cannot express how very, very sorry Kemp and I are learning of Clyde's passing. Know that we are thinking of you and your sweet family. Comfort and blessings on All of you, with love,
kemp and lea ann dixon

Linda Eichmiller

December 13, 2012

My heart goes out to Clyde's family and friends. When the Good Lord made Clyde she threw away the mold. Having worked for many years in the national assoication of State water administrators, Clyde was well respected for his professionalism and depth of knowledge and commitment to protecting the nation's water quality. He had a very keen mind, great courage, integrity and the best laugh ever.

Carl Masterson

December 13, 2012

I worked with Clyde for many, many years starting with the Texas Water Quality Board in the early 1970s. As things around him changed in Austin, he did not in the most important ways, especially his trust worthiness and straight forwardness. I will miss him and keep him in my thoughts.

December 13, 2012

I had the priviledge of working with Clyde for about 15 years when he was with the Texas water agencies. He was a talented and extremely nice gentleman. He will be missed. I am very sorry for your loss.

Dick Whittington


December 13, 2012

Well, I guess Joy approved of his haircuts because I had the privilege to be his barber for many yrs..I always looked forward to his appointments. He relaxed and I did not feel like talking either, me?. I am so blessed to have a Dad much like him. friendship. I am right in between his age and his kids. He always asked bout my family, I'd ask about his, and I could feel the trust from him, like a 50s teenager, get me ready for a big date. haha. He sure loved that golfcart and since my Dad was a cabinet maker when I grew up, i got the plans, his dreams, in the big red barber chair for the Hondo House..take care sweet friends, unexpected loss but trust Faith, Love Susan