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Clem Hidalgo Sr.


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Clem Hidalgo Sr. Obituary
Clem Hidalgo, Sr., 82, of Fort Hall passed away on Dec. 10, 2014 at the Idaho State Veterans Home, in Pocatello.
He was born on Sept. 11, 1932 in Sommerville, Texas to Pedro Hidalgo and Trinidad V. Hidalgo. He spent many days as a young boy playing and swimming on the Blackfoot River and making his own toys. He loved to swim and later taught swimming in the Navy. Clem spent his entire life as a resident of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. He had a deep love of animals and took many strays in who he said needed help.
Clem had a very unique sense of humor and always had a story to tell which made him laugh as much as others around him. He sometime said things to just see how people would react. Clem had a deep faith in God and a very strong respect for the Native American ways and traditions, which he instilled in his children and grandchildren. He always treated people fair but direct and made himself available when someone needed his help.
Clem attended school at St. Margaret's in Blackfoot and attended Blackfoot High School until the 10th grade.
Clem entered the US Navy at San Diego, California in 1951 and served until 1954 when he was honorably discharged. He served on the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia and was aboard the USS Iowa battleship as a Sseaman during the Korean War.
After his Navy service he worked in agriculture, construction, he was a business owner of his own tavern known as "Clem's Place", and operated heavy equipment, from which he retired.
Among his hobbies, Clem loved antiques and yard sales. He was always searching the Thrifty Nickle for good deals. He also loved gardening, camping, fishing, building things, like bird houses, and metal detecting. He loved football, with the Denver Broncos and the Boise State Broncos being his favorite teams.
Clem's parents, and a sister, Natalie Sittre, preceded him in death. He married Yvonne Boise, who also preceded him in death.
He later married Ruth "Rosy" A. Seaman. His family has always been important to him. His many great-grandchildren were the light of his life.
Clem is survived by two sisters, Irene (Fernando) Gonzalez and Grace Sittre; children William "Billy" Hidalgo, Ida Broncho, H. Clem (Erin) Hidalgo, Jr, Stacy Timbana, Garland "Tubby" Hidalgo, Shawnie (Lessanyole) Sammaripa Honena, Lewis Bear and Elizabeth Bear; grandchildren, Mavis "Chopper" Hidalgo, Phillip Pete Larkin, Amber Larkin, Tommy Larkin, Alarice Broncho, Yvonne "Bbon" Broncho, Tyson Hidalgo, Catlin Palmer and Kesley Hidalgo, Leon Timbana, Homer Preacher, Kendra Pongah, Rowdy Redfox, Charles Pooengerah and numerous cousins, nephew and nieces.
Viewing will be held at 1088 Teepee St. in Fort Hall on Saturday. Dec. 13. A Rosary Service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church on D Ave and West Sheepskin Road in Fort Hall. The
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Church. He will be laid to rest at the Ross Fork Cemetery in Fort Hall. Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave., Pocatello.
Published in The Morning News on Dec. 16, 2014
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