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Joe H. Short


Joseph Hunter "Joe" Short left his earthly home Saturday, Jan. 9.
He will be remembered as the man who honorably raised the flag at the Bandera Post Office and on the fields of Bandera Little League before games. Joe will also be remembered for the many times he handed the State Flag of Texas and the United States to young cowboys and cowgirls who would post the colors prior to the beginnings of Bandera Youth Rodeos.
He loved his country and passed the love he shared openly to his fellow Bandera County citizens, young and old.
Joe was born in Bandera on May 23, 1934, to father Leslie E. Short and mother Rachel Hunter Short. His early years were spent roping the cats and dogs in Bandera near the home of his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Marvin Hunter. Granddad Hunter watched Joe playing and often allowed him to welcome visitors to the Frontier Times Museum while Granddad Hunter busily cataloged items for his museum or penned an article.
At the age of 4, Joe lost his Grandfather Jos. W. Short. The family moved to the big two-story white home on top of the bluff of Bandera Creek about a mile and a half from town. The "Old Short Place" as it was known became the winter home for Joe and his brother Leslie "Bill" Short.
From there, the boys attended school and enjoyed good times living near their beloved Bandera. Joe enjoyed the time he spent in his grandfather's print shop where he was allowed to write and publish his own paper, "Short Stuff." Bandera happenings were printed and Joe's distribution included men away in the service all around the world to those who had moved to all corners of our fine country.
When school ended, the family moved to the Divide. The far northwest corner of Bandera County held the headwaters of the Medina's North Fork and the Short Ranch. Ranching and becoming a stockman was of the utmost importance to Joe and Bill's father, Les. The time spent there dovetailed into a passion for Joe.
After graduating from Bandera High School, he attended college at Tarleton State in Stephenville for two years. After his sophomore year, Joe married his high school sweetheart and began working at the airbase in Hondo. He was also pegged for a job at the Hondo Anvil due to all that his Granddaddy Hunter had taught him about the newspaper and printing business.
The war of 1956-57, the Suez-Sinai, called him to duty. In 1956, Joe was inducted into the United States Army and served with honor, stationed in France, Germany and Lebanon. Joe served his country abroad for two years.
After returning home, his cousin, Ray Marvin Hay, quickly put him to work part-time in his print shop in Bandera. Shortly after, Joe was also asked to work part-time at the Bandera Post Office. With two good part-time jobs, he purchased sheep and leased two farms west of Bandera in Tarpley.
His marriage produced two children, Cynthia Jo and Joseph Bradley. As the children grew, Joe became involved with youth activities in Bandera and the Texas Hill Country. He enjoyed his time behind the plate in an umpire's uniform and behind the table serving as the president of the Bandera County Little League.
From the hard-packed sand of the baseball fields, he turned to the sand loam field of Mansfield Park arena, serving as president of the BYRA-Bandera County Youth Rodeo Association.
Fall and a return to school brought a season of stock shows. Joe assisted community youth as president of the Hill Country District Livestock Show. He was also a director and president of the Bandera County Stock Show.
During his time on the board of the District Stock Show, he built the Angora Goat Show to the largest in the world. Mohair was king for a long while in the Edwards Plateau. Joe truly enjoyed serving as superintendent of the Angora Show for eight years at the District level.
His passion for raising and showing sheep, angora goats, meat goats and cattle was passed down to generations of his family.
For 30 years, Joe enjoyed working with - and for - the people of the Bandera community as their postmaster. He had many a good conversation over the counter with his friends. In 1989, he retired and moved to the Short Ranch on the Divide near Vanderpool.
He and his wife, Shirley Ann Short, shared their love of raising cattle and goats with their grandchildren. For many years, the couple cheered their grandkids on from the grandstands at rodeos, youth baseball and football and stock shows across the state - and sometimes beyond.
When Joe left his earthly home, he left behind daughter Cynthia Jo Edwards and her husband, Randy; son Joe Brad Short and his wife, Leah; step-daughters, Tana K. Jureczki and her husband, Mike, and Teri A. Trull and her husband, Frank; and step-son Keith Eismann and his wife, Jamie, as well as eight cherished grandsons and a granddaughter, who he will be cheering on from Heaven's grandstand.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe H. Short may be made to Bandera County Junior Stock Show, PO Box 187, Bandera 78003.