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Charles Gregory Short

September 24, 1947 — February 1, 2022

Charles Gregory Short was born on September 24, 1947, and left this earth on February 1, 2022.  He was the son of H.C. and Grace Short and grew up in Monahans, TX.  He was a brilliant child and an excellent student.  He excelled in sports and was a member of the Monahans track team who set several relay records and won the 1966 State Track and Field championship.  He went on to Rice University on a track scholarship and later transferred and graduated from the University of Texas in 1971 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Greg was also a member of Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society.

He also earned his professional engineering license and was skilled in many elements of electrical, mechanical, and petroleum engineering.  In his early career, he worked as head of the Texas Air Control Board in Odessa, TX.  He then worked for Gulf and Chevron oil companies as a superintendent.  In 1992 he retired from Chevron and started his own company, Oil and Gas Operations.  He invented and patented the Nolok, a ball valve displacement tool used for preventing gas lock on pumpjack polished rods.

During his self-employment years, Greg also assisted in homeschooling his two children.  Homeschooling and self-employment allowed him the freedom to travel with his family.  They enjoyed several family road trips in their RV, "The Yellow Rose of Texas," including a trip to Yellowstone National Park; San Diego, CA; and many locations in northern New Mexico.

Greg loved to fly fish and spend time in nature.  One of his favorite fishing locations was in Charma, New Mexico.  He tried to visit Charma yearly while his children were growing up.  Greg also loved sports, especially his University of Texas Longhorn football.  He remained a faithful orangeblood until the day he died.

Greg's most important relationship was his relationship with the Lord.  During his lifetime he led many people to Christ, including his children.  He had the honor of baptizing both of them during their high school years.  Greg was a long-time member of the Westside Church of Christ in Midland, Texas, and later at Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland, Texas.  He spent many years serving his church family and community through men's bible studies, children's ministry, shut-in ministry, and teaching Kindergarten Bible school for many years.

Throughout his lifetime he fought many illnesses including Lewy Body Dementia, prostate and bladder cancer.  He always lived life on his own terms and enjoyed spending his last years living in Lampasas, Texas, close to his brother, Mark Short.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.C. and Grace Ona Thomas Short.  He will be dearly missed and survived by his family; daughter, Laura Short Berryhill (Blake); son, Charley Short; brother, Mark Short; sister, Susan Short Lisle (Mark); brother, Clay Short; grandchildren, Treyson Berryhill, Alli Berryhill; nephews, Clint Lisle (Angela) and Travis Lisle (Hailey); and his great-nephews and great-nieces, Hunter Majkowski and Alexys Majkowski, Maddux Lisle, Brooks Lisle, and Ollie Grace Lisle.

At Greg's request, there will be no memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at

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