Clarence E. "Shorty" Wideman

January 25, 1948May 24, 2018
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Clarence E. “Shorty” Wideman, 70, of Port Lavaca passed away May 24, 2018. He was born January 25, 1948 in Kirbyville, TX to Willie and Katy Mae Lumpkins Wideman. Shorty loved woodworking, camping, hunting and fishing. He was a jack of all trades and master of none. He was a retired bus driver from CCISD Route 30 for 25 years. He was a Vietnam Veteran with 3 bronze stars, purple heart and sharp shooter in pistol and rifle; was a member of Bayside Community Church in Olivia, volunteer at Memorial Medical Center and a past member of the VFW. Shorty loved his 2 puppies “Mojo” and “Tammy Mae”. He is survived by his wife, Martha Wideman; son, Will Wideman; sister, Fannie Amos; and sister-in-law, Rachel Ann Wood (Larry). He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters and 1 brother. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 9-10 a.m. at Bayside Community Church, 25080 Hwy 172, in Olivia. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. with Pastor Ruben Castillo officiating. The family asks that everyone wear camouflage to the service. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of Calhoun County Veterans Joint Honor Guard. Pallbearers are Frank “Woody” Woods, Raymond Butler, Randy Teague, Johnny Ray Maseda, “Big Roy” Olivares and Joe Hernandez. The family would like to thank Crown Hospice and Julia Luna for their love and care to Shorty and our family. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Martha Wideman, Wife
  • Willie Wideman, Father
  • Katy Mae Wideman, Mother
  • Will Wideman, Son
  • Fannie Amos, Sister
  • Rachel Ann (Larry) Wood, Sister-in-law
  • Shorty was also preceded in death by 2 sisters and 1 brother.

  • Frank "Woody" Woods
  • Raymond Butler
  • Randy Teague
  • Johnny Ray Maseda
  • "Big Roy" Olivares
  • Joe Hernandez


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Clarence E. "Shorty" Wideman

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Charles Hodges

July 30, 2018

Clarence "shortround" was my loader on our tank in Vietnam. He even dug a piece of shrapnel out of my head at one point. Always brave, never faltered and we got very close during our time there. I was there the day he was hit and our Col. landed his helicopter to dust him off and then stayed on the ground for the remainder of the battle. Sorry we never could hook up over the years, I'll miss him dearly and my condolences to his family.

John LeLeux

May 28, 2018

Shorty was a good man and I know he will be missed. I was a warden stationed in Calhoun County and he was always available to help with questions on equipment, go fishing or hunting, and just generally a good guy. RIP Shorty and prayers for your family.

Bobby Nichols

May 28, 2018

I remember moving to Port Alto and nervous over a new area. I was in 4th grade and a goofy kid. Shorty was good at putting that at ease with a gentle expression and a cheerful smile. He always did as much as possible to help any kid that was having a problem no matter if it was with the school or home or with other kids. At one time I got in so much trouble I got sent to FLEX (alternative school for vad kids) and that school didn't provide bus service at the time. Shorty took it upon himself to drive me to school and pick me up every day on the bus anyway. This was one of the best role models a kid could have growing up. Between his VCR and movies on fridays and his radio and speakers throughout the bus and his jerky and sodas and other snacks he would bring in for us kids just so we had a good start to the weekend. The world lost a very important man that is (not was) to so many people. Only regret is that I now live in Wisconsin and cannot attend to say a final goodbye to Shorty. So to the family I would like to say don't be sad. Be happy you were part of this mans life and be proud of all that hes accomplished and the lives that he has touched.

Leslie Johnson

May 27, 2018

Most of the time when you look back at your school days, teachers and friends come to mind. This is true for me as well, with a bright, shining, happy exception, my bus driver, Shorty! You could not have asked for someone that cared more about the kids he served. From the sound system and TV he personally installed to the “pit stops” at the Chandlery! He was someone to look up to and he was very much appreciated and adored by so many! May he Rest In Peace. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing.