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William Calvin Tidwell Jr.


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William Calvin Tidwell Jr. Obituary
William "Calvin" Tidwell, Jr. passed away June 26, 2015 in Albuquerque, N.M. at the age of 62. Calvin was born Jan. 12, 1953 in Rotan to Bill and Audrey Tidwell. He grew up in Sweetwater and Clovis, N.M. where he graduated from Clovis High in 1971. He attended ENMU and graduated from the Braniff Airline Training Program. He married Becky Massey in Clovis in 1973 and they were blessed with two children, Ryan and Kelli.
Calvin worked for the airline industry in Albuquerque and Denver until 1983 when the family moved to Clovis, N.M. where Calvin worked at Four Lane Auto Sales, was an Allstate Insurance agent, and a ticket agent for Mesa Airlines. After divorcing in 2002, Calvin moved back to Albuquerque and continued working for Mesa Airlines.
Calvin enjoyed going to the movies and watching his children play sports. He was passionate about airplanes and flying and he took many trips around the country with his son. He was very proud of his kids, their educations and their careers.
He and his mother moved to Tucson, Ariz. to be near his sister and her husband in 2005. Calvin volunteered as a tour guide at the Titan Missile Museum and was honored as Volunteer of the Month several times. In early 2015 Calvin moved to Albuquerque to be near his children.
He is survived by his son, Phillip "Ryan" Tidwell (fiancé Kristen Gilbreth); daughter, Kelli (Greg) Bishop, all of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister, Cindy (Don) Groghan of Pflugerville; grandchildren, Dillon and Lexi Bishop of Albuquerque; former wife Becky Wood (John) Broadview, N.M.; and nephews, Eric (Tracey) Groghan and Randy (Meghan) Groghan and their two children.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private family memorial will be held.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home 575 762-4435. muffleyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on July 15, 2015
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