Ron Shortes passed away suddenly but peacefully from cardiovascular disease at his beloved Shortes XX Ranch near Pie Town, New Mexico, on the Sunday afternoon before Veterans Day 2019.
He took his last breath where he always wanted to be within sight of Allegres Mountain, behind the wheel of a (parked) Jeep, surrounded by his classic cars and with his wife (Mary Jo H.-Shortes) by his side. Their plan was to drive to the barn.
Ron was born in Lovington, N.M., “on a pool table” (as the story goes) to V.M. and Mary Sue(Power) Shortes. As a boy he enjoyed spending time with his family at their ranch near Capitan, N.M., and with his father in the oil fields. He graduated from Lovington High School in 1966 and returned for his 50th reunion. Ron continued his education at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering but, even in Boston, never compromised his distinctive drawl. A few years later he went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Ron maintained his law license in both Texas and New Mexico until his passing.
Ron was an only child and was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He was an engaged father of five children: Charles Prescott Berdell V(Scott Shortes) of Seattle, Zeke Shortes of Santa Fe, Diana E.H.-Shortes of New Orleans, Casey (KC) Shortes of Austin and stepson Matthew Stoddard of Philadelphia.
Grandchildren include Diego, Clyde, Sayda, Caulder and Delilah. He also maintained close contact with cousins Dan & Don Shortes of Ackerley, Texas.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 29, 2020, in honor of Ron’s 72nd birthday. It will take place at the Datil Elementary School gym from 2 to 4 p.m. All are invited.
To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services, Socorro Chapel.