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Obituaries for June 13, 2005

Virgil H. Short

Virgil Hereald Short, born in Kingman on July 14, 1928, was among Kingman's most established residents. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, he was an exemplary model of integrity, charity and good old-fashioned hard work to all who knew him. Virgil Short passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the age of 76.

His posterity includes 36 grandchildren and great grandchildren and his children, JoAnne Pope, James H. Short, Virgil C. Short and Richard D. Short. He has two daughters-in-law, Jeri Short and Jody Short, and one stepson, Pete Penrod. He is also survived by four siblings, Grace Neal, Lloyd H. Short, Joyce Cannon and Dorothy Fox, as well as his wife of 24 years, Elaine Short. His first wife of 38 years, Betty Ann Knowles (Short); brothers, Clyde Short, Franklin Short, Ellis Short and Kenneth Short; and sisters, Fern Bland and Bertha Leonard preceded his passing.

Living within Mohave County for more than 70 years of his life, Virgil made significant community and business contributions. Among his most significant contributions, he served several years on the Mohave County Racing Commission, was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks for over 35 years and was an advocate and supporter of such youth programs as 4-H and the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association. Also, he was a member of the Cattlemen's Association of Arizona and a stock contractor for Mohave County Rodeo for several years.

Additionally, he was on the board of directors for Mohave Electric Co-op for more than 20 years. In 1965, Virgil and his brother Kenneth formed Desert Construction Corporation, which continues to operate today. After retiring at age 55, Virgil pursued his passions in life, which were fishing and hunting, watching old Western movies, reading Louis L'Amour books, and traveling the Western states where the canning was irresistible and the fishing an added bonus.

Born into a family of 12 children, Virgil learned and lived the art of sharing and goodwill. It was often said that he should welcome absolutely any and all onto his Night Creek Ranch in Wikieup, especially those with a healthy appetite. Complimenting his charity was unwavering optimism and cheerfulness. When asked, "How are you doing," the answer was always, "good." He leaves an immeasurable legacy behind. He will be sorely missed.

Services will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center. A luncheon will be held immediately following the graveside services in the reception hall of the LDS Stake Center.