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Posted on Jun 16, 2016
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Paul Dawayne “Shorty” Short 1950 - 2016



Paul Dawayne “Shorty” Short , 65 year old Goodwell, Oklahoma resident passed away Friday, May 20th 2016 at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas.

Dawayne was born July 2, 1950 in Flagler, Colorado to Paul Harting and Zora Katherine (Jackson) Short.  He attended Flagler school system in Flagler, Colorado graduating in 1968. He attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado before moving to Goodwell, Oklahoma to complete his education at Panhandle State University where he received his bachelors’ degree in animal science in 1972.

While Dawayne was at NJC he met the love of his life, Joyce Steffen, and was united in marriage on August 7, 1971 in Sterling, Colorado.

Dawayne had a long and successful banking career. For the past 10 years he was Executive Vice President at Anchor D Bank in Texhoma, Oklahoma. Prior to that was a Vice President for Production Credit Association for approximately 16 years and was Vice President at First National Bank of Guymon for 5 years. He also sold cattle supplements through Short Feed Company and was a cattle buyer before starting his career with Anchor D Bank.

In his spare time Shorty liked to spend his time riding horses and roping.  He got most of his enjoyment by spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. Kyler remembers building stuff with Grandpa. They built forts and later decided they needed a garage. This evolved all the way up the next project of building a barn that had hitching posts out front for the stick horses. They whittled wood, making all kinds of knives and guns, and their last project they had, a machete. Kynlee remembers the hours and hours of Grandpa reading books to her and more recently, her reading to Grandpa. She also was a part of Grandpa and Kyler’s projects. Their last project was building a dog house. Kyler and Kynlee could always talk Grandpa into going to the convenience store and getting root beer in a bottle.

Dawayne was a member of the United States Team Roping Association, World Series of Team Roping, Kansas Professional Rodeo Association, Rocking S Team Roping Association and served on the executive board of the National Little Britches Rodeo Association for many years.

Dawayne was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Earl and Pauline Steffen, niece Katie Cash, nephew Nathanial Short and his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, two daughters; Tanya Goad and husband Travis of Reydon, Oklahoma, Dara Belew and husband Kyle of La Junta, Colorado, four sisters, Sharon Mayhan and husband Jerry of Kit Carson, Colorado, Debra Cline and husband Lyle of Florence, Montana, Joyce Ann Balenseifen and husband Brent of Keyes, Oklahoma, Pam Cash and husband David of Cowetta, Oklahoma; four brothers, Terry Short and wife Kim of Elbert, Colorado, Steve Short and wife Debbie of Weskan, Kansas , David Short of Carlsbad, New Mexico and Byron Short and wife Deb of Springfield, Colorado.  Shorty is also survived by two Grandchildren Kyler and Kynlee Goad of Reydon, Oklahoma.  He also leaves behind  a special brother-in-law, Alvin Steffen and wife, Sherry of Dalhart, TX and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

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