When thinking about the Lincoln’s leisure life and one would unknowingly think of the projects that Clancy Woolman has supported during his lifetime: new park areas like the Hamann Rose Garden, Veterans Memorial Gardens and Sunken Gardens renovation; youth programs at recreation centers; and programs within the five Lincoln City Golf Courses.
Clarence (Clancy) E. Woolman, Jr. grew up in Lincoln and attended the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship. He served on several boards and committees including; Foundation for Educational Services, Lincoln Parks Foundation, Catholic School Board, Lincoln Jaycee’s, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Action Program, Madonna Care Center, and many more. Clancy was named Lincoln’s Outstanding Young Man in 1969.
Clancy was an active volunteer in the Lincoln community through the Lincoln Parks Foundation, Sunken Gardens, Lincoln Municipal Golf Committee, Chairman of the Sport Commission starting the High School playoffs at Memorial Stadium, Pius X High School Booster Club and many more. He was an avid golfer, loved being in his garden, spending time with his friends, and most importantly creating memories with his family.
Clancy was one of a group of Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members who saw the need for a charitable foundation to support the work of Lincoln Parks and Recreation. He was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in 1972 and served for twenty-one years. He advocated for a golf advisory committee and was committee chair for many years. Mahoney Golf Course and Highlands Golf Course opened during Clancy’s tenure as a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member.
He was a founding member of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation in 1992 and served as active member of the board of directors for fifteen years. Clancy became a Trustee of the Foundation in 2008. After more than 25 years, the Foundation has supported countless memorials, monuments, and capitol projects.
“Clancy has generously committed his time and energy to Parks and Recreation facilities and programs in Lincoln,” said Lynn Johnson, Lincoln Parks and Recreation director at the Clancy Woolman Clubhouse at Highlands Golf Course naming ceremony. “Clancy is particularly passionate about the City Golf program. This naming of the clubhouse is a small token of our appreciation for all that Clancy has contributed to our parks and our city.”
The Highlands Golf Course Clubhouse was named the “Clancy Woolman Clubhouse” in his honor this spring to celebrate his more than four decades of support for Lincoln City Golf. He was an avid golfer, loved being in his garden, spending time with his friends, and most importantly creating memories with his family.
On October 15, 2019 Clancy passed away. We will miss Clancy’s dedication and enduring vision for Lincoln’s parks, trails, and golf courses.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —JFK