Gary Wayne Short


Gary Wayne Short
August 14, 1942 - July 16, 2012

Longtime Walla Walla resident, Gary Wayne Short, 69,
passed away July 16, 2012, at his home.
Gary was born August 14, 1942, in Springfield, Missouri, to
Howard and Opal (Seaton) Short.
The family moved to this area when he was nine years old. He
attended area schools, graduating from Wa-Hi.
On June 24, 1963, he and Judith Ann Miller married in
College Place, Washington. He worked as a lift truck driver/
warehouse manager for 35 years in the food processing industry,
starting with Birdseye, then for every succeeding owner of that
company. Most recently, he drove school bus for the Walla Walla
School District then College Place School District, retiring in
late 2009.

Known as "PAPA" to most and "SHORT" to others, you
could always count on his opinion and knew where you stood
with him. He loved anything having to do with horses including 4-H,
serving as a 4-H leader and being instrumental in re-starting
the 4-H Western games in the 80s. He had been an advisor for
the Walla Walla Wagonettes and Crossfire Drill Team. He was
a member of the Milton-Freewater Pioneer Posse, Walla Walla
Wagon Wheelers, and a lifetime member of the Walla Walla
‘59ers. For 19 years Gary was the organizer and "Trail Boss" for
the Walla Walla to Joseph, Oregon trail ride.

He was awarded the Golden Deeds Award from the
Exchange Club. He took particular interest in young people
from the Department of Court Services, teaching them to assume
responsibility and the basics of how to care for horses and taking
them on trail rides across the mountains.
In his younger years, he rode motorcycles and endurance
races, which led to his love of dirt track car racing. Passing that
love of car racing on to his children, he had the opportunity to be
in a race with two of them at the same time.

Gary is survived by his wife, Judy, at home; two sons and
daughters-in-law: Craig and Janie Short of Twin Falls, Idaho;
Scott and Nancy Short; a daughter and son-in-law, Angie and
Jim Brown, his mother, Opal Patton all of Walla Walla; his sister,
Cheryl Smith of Seattle, Washington; his brother, Howard "Rex"
Short of Pendleton, Oregon; three grandchildren: Stephen Short,
Randilyn Short and Kaylee Brown; and numerous nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his
father, Howard Short.

There will be a celebration of his life at 4:00 p.m., Saturday,
August 11, 2012, at the Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose Street, Walla
Walla, Washington.
Contributions in Gary's memory may be made to the family
for an annual award that will be set up for the high point 4-H trail
class participant at the time of the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days
through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military
Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Friends may write memories and sign the online guest
book at


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