C. Clyde Hamblin expired on August 10, 2014 at the age of 90 years. Clyde was born on May 11, 1924 to Verna Ruth Thornbury and George Herbert Hamblin in Austin, Texas. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Herbert Andrew Hamblin, his sister Lola Ruth Collons, and his son George Spencer Hamblin. Clyde is survived by his wife of 70 years, Martha Hamblin, three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Clyde attended schools in Austin, Texas, graduating from Austin High School before joining the Marine Corps during World War II. He married his high school sweetheart, Martha Poole, in Norman, Oklahoma on January 25, 1944, while he was stationed at the Naval Air Base in the Marine Air Wing. He proudly served his country in the Marine Air Wing during World War II in the Philippines and occupation of China and again in the Korean War. After leaving the corps, Clyde returned to his hometown and earned a BS degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, he was employed by Union Producing Company in Houston, Texas, Tennessee Gas Transmission Company, later Tenneco, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Denver, Colorado and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before moving to Midland, Texas. In 1961, he became a founding partner in HMH Operators and later was an independent lease broker and operator of oil and gas properties. He was a petroleum pioneer. Music played a big part in his life and he loved all kinds of music. While in Austin High School, he played the clarinet in the marching band and the "fiddle" in a country western band called the West Side Ramblers. While stationed at the Naval Air Station in Norman, Oklahoma, he played clarinet in the Marine Marching Band and the bass violin in the dance band. He sang in a barbershop quartet in Midland and was in the chancel choir at St. Luke's United Methodist Church for 54 years. He also served on the Administrative Board at St. Luke's and was a lay delegate to the North West Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. Clyde also was a member of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists and the American Association of Professional Landmen for 50 years. The Memorial Service for Clyde was held at 1:00 p.m. Friday August 15, 2014 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church; Reverend Kathryn Boren officiated. The family of C. Clyde Hamblin requests that any memorial donations be given to the Methodist Children's Home in Waco, CASA of West Texas, or a
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Aug. 17, 2014