Weldon grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1949 and later attended Del Mar College. In 1952 he married Joan Estelle Ettel of Corpus Christi and their family was formed with the addition of three children: Sandra, Michael and Kenneth.
After five years working in the oil service industry, Weldon joined Sinclair Refining Company and served as a sales engineer there for nine years. In 1965, Weldon and Joan moved the family to Mission, Texas. Weldon founded Vista Oil Company, an oil distribution company, where he remained until his retirement.
Weldon was a man of great character who enjoyed being involved in his community. In 1958, he became a member of the Masonic lodge and, in 1964, a member of Shriners International. He served as President of the Nomad Shrine Club of the Rio Grande Valley in 1975 and President of the Guadalupe Valley Shrine Club of New Braunfels and Seguin in 2010. He remained a member for the rest of his life and was honored to receive an Award 50 years of service from both organizations. While at Mission he was also active in the Chamber of Commerce, serving as Director and President of the Chamber in 1970 and 1971. Weldon was also a longtime member of the Methodist Church, as well as a member of the Rotary Club and a loyal supporter of many local groups and charities.
Upon retirement, Weldon and Joan moved to New Braunfels, where they built their home in 1986. Weldon’s passion for community involvement continued as he volunteered for the Comal County Fair and the Wurstfest. He loved New Braunfels and often marveled at the exceptional growth he has seen over the years. He really loved living in such a beautiful part of Texas.
An avid outdoorsman, Weldon was blessed with many opportunities to travel throughout his life, including numerous hunting and fishing expeditions. His tales of these adventures could entertain a crowd of all ages, and a trip to his living room provided life-size memorabilia to accompany the telling of his hunting stories.
He is survived by his children Sandra Clopton (Robert) of New Braunfels, Michael Broughton (Mary Kay) of Berclair and Kenneth Broughton of Cuero. Grandchildren include Tracy Pavlu (Preston), Robbie Clopton (Michelle), Heather Marks (Jared), Jason Broughton (Amber), Claire Dargitz (Sam) and Parker Broughton; and great-grandchildren: Carter Pavlu, Payton Pavlu, Beau Marks, Bjorn Dargitz, Elise Dargitz and William Clopton.
He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Joan Broughton; and his brother, Wayne Broughton of Corpus Christi. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Donor Relations, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or online at lovetotherescue.org.
Public visitation will be held Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St, New Braunfels, Tx 78130. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 17, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Hill Country Memorial Gardens, 11700 TX 46, New Braunfels, TX 78132.
Published by The Monitor on January 15, 2022.