Wayne C. Woodman, 83 of Panama City Beach passed peacefully on December 1, 2019 of natural causes.
Wayne was predeceased by his father Donald Woodman and his mother Emma ‘Jozy’ Woodman.
Wayne is lovingly remembered by his wife Sheila Woodman, his children Susan Mitchell and Don Woodman, son-in-law Nick Mitchell, daughter-in-law Susan Woodman, brother Darrell Woodman and grandchildren Luke, Annelise, Matthew, and Christopher.
Wayne was born on January 2, 1936 in Portland, Oregon. He attended both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, graduating from U. of Oregon in 1958 with a journalism degree. Having grown up immersed in the print trade, Wayne was a natural newspaper man but after working in the field for several years he left to join the CIA to work as an Editor in the Foreign Broadcast Information Service.
In that capacity, Wayne served his country honorably for 34 years and was assigned to a number of posts including Reading, England, where he met his wife Sheila, and also Cyprus, Israel, Korea, and Swaziland, Africa. Caught up in the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974, Wayne courageously helped to bring family members of FBIS employees to safety. For his actions, he was awarded the CIA’s Intelligence Medal of Merit in 1975, which is awarded for “performance of especially meritorious service or for achievement conspicuously above normal duties.”
Wayne was a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He helped work his way through college by serving as a volunteer fireman. He earned his submariner’s badge in the Naval Reserve. Wayne was a lifelong learner with a voracious interest in the world. His interests included genealogy, bird watching and writing. Wayne was a long time volunteer at Gulf Coast Hospital.