Share This Obituary


Memories & Candles

“To the Deteau family,What wonderful memories I have of your dad and being at your house in Longiview! I loved his smile and the way he loved his...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Arla Jo Seale

“To Shirley and all the family, you and Harold have always been the kindest, sweetest people I have had the blessing of knowing in my life. I am so...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Debbie Angle Henson

“We never had the pleasure of meeting Harold. He sounded like a wonderful person with a very caring family and a special wife in Shirley. We were...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Ann and Charles Mallery

“Stephanie & family, we're praying for all of you. I remember your dad always being so kind and I've loved seeing pics you've posted along the way...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Kim Lauritzen

“I am grateful for strong Christan men like Harold Deteau and for loving fathers like Mr. Deteau whose legacy of love will long be felt by his family...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Sally ray

“So sorry about Harold. Butch and mother thought a lot of you. They will welcome Harold and make him feel good in HEAVEN. I know you will miss him a...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Butch Hall's family.

“Prayers of comfort for your family. ”
7 of 30 | Posted by: Virginia Marshburn Hunt

“We have so many treasured memories of our "single adult days" with Harold and Shirley. It was through our work with them that we formed a bond of...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Diane & Merritt Johnson

“Will be thinking of and praying for you and your family in the days ahead. ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Raeann Handy

“hhow do I begin to say what you all have meant to me since we became friends in 1971. you are all so precious to me and your friendship is myu ...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: nancy strong

“how do I begin to say what you all have meant to me through the yearssince we met in 1971. your family is so precious to me and your friendshipis...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: nancy strong

“Harold's life is truly a testimony for all of us. Shirley and family, how wonderfully blessed you are to have had him in you life for many years. May...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: NameLeah Dunaway+

“A wonderful and loving man who will be missed by all. May god bring peace and comfort to his family. ”
13 of 30 | Posted by: Mike and Cheryl Hall

“Harold leaves a wonderful legacy and not having the chance to know him better leaves us sad. Our prayers remain with Shirley who loved him dearly...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Sandy & Jimmy Peek

“Your Colorado family will miss this truly awesome man. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family. Wish we could be there, but hopefully...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Lynn and William Harris

“What an amazing tribute for a truly wonderful husband and father!! Stephanie, Our prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time....Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Kandy Roby

“Richard,Very sorry to hear of your loss. A good friend of my Dad's for many years and a good man. I always enjoyed our conversations whenever our...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Chip Slade

“I'm so sorry I can't be there with the rest of the family this weekend. I am thinking of you all with much love. Harold was such a kind hearted man...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Stephanie Sackerman

“Edwin & I want you to know how much our hearts ache for you & your family.Your strength has been remarkable and how wonderful it is you have...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Edwin Denny

“Shirley, our hearts are sad for your loss. Bob really enjoyed getting to know Harold and talking basketball. A great loss of a fine man. Bob and...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Jane Griffin

“Our condolences to Shirley and the family. We pray that the Lord will bless you in this time of transition. I can still share this type of...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Martha and David Merrell

“Beautiful words about an awesome man. Thinking of you and your family during this time Stephanie. ”
22 of 30 | Posted by: Vicki Evans

“Much love to all of your family and may you find great peace and solace in your wonderful memories of Harold who was a truly great man in every...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: David Andres

“To the Greatest Man Ive ever had in my life, we celebrate your life and all of the lives you touched, and all the goodness you bestowed will be...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Mark Deteau

“Shirley, My heart is heavy for you and your family. Please know you are in my prayers. ”
25 of 30 | Posted by: Delores Morris

“Shirley, I have fond memories of Harold especially when we would all dine together at the CatFish King Village in New Diana. Quality time with a...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Billy F. Martin

“Stephanie: My prayers are with you and your family. Sharon Session-Hardaway ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: larue6.1

“Wonderful words for a very worthy man. Love and peace to all the Deteaus. ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy Satterwhite

“My love and prayers are with you and your family Stephanie.Liz Parr ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Liz Parr

“What a beautiful tribute to a great man. Lots of live to the entire family! ”
30 of 30 | Posted by: Rhonda Bullard


Clarence Harold Deteau was born November 20, 1926, at Hillsboro Hospital in Waco, Texas. He was the only son of Paul Deteau, Jr. and Ollie Carpenter Deteau. In the late 1800's, his grandfather, Paul Deteau migrated from Alsace Lorraine, France to Waco, Texas where he was employed as an engineer. Harold graduated from Waco High School in 1945, where he lettered in baseball, track, and basketball. While on the basketball team his team went to the state play-offs three times. He was chosen as a member of the All State Basketball team. He was offered basketball scholarships to the University of Texas, A&M, and Baylor but decided to enter the Army. Immediately upon high school graduation he entered the U.S. Army where he had basic training at Camp Fannin in Tyler, Texas. He was shipped overseas to Italy where he was assigned as a medic to the 61st Station Hospital in Livorno, Italy. After serving his country in World War II, he attended Baylor University for one year and then entered the school of Architecture at Texas Tech University. There were 147 Architectural students that started in his class and only 13 graduated with him in 1952. During his studies at Baylor, he met and married Rita Pat McMeans in 1947. They were married for 22 years until her death of leukemia in 1969. They had four children; Diana, Richard, Donna, and Denise. After graduation from Texas Tech's architecture school, he and his family moved to Sherman, Texas where he practiced until 1954. He moved his practice to Longview to work as a partner with Mr. Lila Kelly. After Mr. Kelly's death in 1963 Harold maintained his own practice in Longview for 51 years. The numerous projects he's done over the course of his career include the ten story First National Bank Building, numerous schools for the Longview School District, as well as Hallsville, Tatum, and Gilmer School Districts, a dozen or more medical clinics, retail businesses, Stemco Mfg. and 147 Gibson stores. He started the Wal-Mart chain in 1967 after being chosen by Sam Walton to design his first Wal-Mart stores. He designed numerous projects for Western Sizzlin, Roadrunner Convenience stores and over 50 projects for the Brookshires Food Stores. In addition to his commercial projects, he designed many custom homes. Harold's Community Service included being a charter member of the Cherokee Kiwanis Club, United Fund, President of the PTA Father's Club, Plumbing Board for the City of Longview and member of the Longview Chamber of Commerce. His professional associations were many. He was a charter member of the Northeast Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture where he served as Chapter Director, State Director and President. He was a member of the Texas Society of Architects and chapter representative to numerous state conventions. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, attending and representing the Northeast Texas Chapter at conventions in Hawaii, Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Dallas, and Phoenix. He is a now a member emeritus of all these organizations. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church: on the board of Deacons, Sunday School Director, President of the Choir, and Training Union teacher. He and Shirley started the Single Adult Sunday School department in 1977 and served with this group for twenty years. He donated his services to many building projects at First Baptist Church. Clarence Harold Deteau was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita Pat, his daughter Denise Marie and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Shirley Hall Deteau; his children, Diana and son-in-law Dr. Dean Horton of Abilene; son and daughter in law, Richard and Diane Deteau of Plano; daughter Donna Deteau of Denver; son Mark Deteau; daughter and son-in-law Stephanie and Randy Park of San Antonio; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Stephanie Sackerman of Boise, Idaho; twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, April 28, 2013, 1:30 PM, at First Baptist Church Longview. Memorials may be made to the W. Morris Ford Foundation at First Baptist Church.

SEARCH OTHER SOURCES