Short, Richard “Dick”


Richard “Dick” Short, 84, Mutual 3, passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Seal Beach on Feb. 19, 2014.

Richard was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Port Huron, Mich., the third of four children born to Alex and Florence Short. Dick moved with his family to San Gabriel, Calif., in 1947 and attended Alhambra High School and Pasadena City College.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 as a submariner, serving for 22 years. He became a scuba and deep sea diver while serving on submarine patrols and also instructed in the Hawaiian escape training tank. He made many demonstration dives in the tank for public viewing. He was a demolition diver in the UDT-EODU (frogman) and then reclassified as a Navy Seal after training at Coronado (NAB), Calif. For his dangerous and classified special operation missions, Dick was rewarded with five bronze stars for valor.

While teaching at submarine school in New London, Conn., Dick was recruited to become a crew member in the Deep Submergence Group. His diving and engineering skills helped prepare and modify the Bathyscape Trieste II for undersea exploration. On Jan. 23, 1960, the Trieste accomplished the first deep dive at the Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific.

Upon retirement from the Navy, while living in San Diego. Calif., Dick worked in safety security systems. After moving to San Gabriel, Calif., he established his home/building painting and decorating business.

Dick and his wife, Carolyn moved to Leisure World in 1995, enjoying the many amenities of the community. Dick’s favorite pastime was his membership in the VFW and Fleet Reserve Association, enjoying his friendship with other veterans.

At home being a good father to his children, Dalene, Michael and Christopher, was his joy and just being “Dad.”

Dick is survived by his wife, Carolyn Short, his children, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his niece Stephanie Stearns.

His family will always remember his outgoing, friendly nature, giving spirit and very humorous personality. He will be forever missed and in their hearts.

A gathering of family members was held in his honor on April 26.

—paid obituary


In Memoriam

Margaret Sotelo 85

Chadwick Hanna 67

Barbara Bridgeman 75

Lois Loverink 79

Kenneth Harris 56

Danette Strum 46

Susan Plichta 69

Rodney Grant 80

Manuel Cabaya 72

James Masucbol 68

Joan Morgan 82

Hector Martillano 44

Anna Williams 74

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


—paid obituary