Jerry Dean Shorts, 80, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2021, in Queen Creek, AZ. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Cheri Shorts, and their 12 children: Kevin Shorts (Tammy); Casey Shorts (Liz); Craig Shorts (Monica); Christopher Shorts (Tasha); Kyle Shorts; Curtis Shorts (Jenny); Corwin Shorts (Monique); Corinne McDonald (Ryan); Kimberly Laursen (Travis); Kathryn Starr (Jeremy); Cameron Shorts (Andrea); Cale Shorts (Jaclyn); 46 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and brother, Ricky Shorts (Julie). He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Deanna Scow and Callie Shorts.
Jerry was born November 1, 1940, to (Walter) Floyd and (Lenora) Mae Shorts in Wellington, Utah. He served 6 years in the Utah National Guard. It was during this time that he attended Carbon Junior College and helped lead his baseball team to the national championship. He then served a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Great Lakes Mission. He went on to graduate from Brigham Young University. While at BYU he met the love of his life, Cheri Millett. They were married for time and all eternity in the Oakland Temple on December 18, 1965. Jerry’s greatest joy in life was his family. He owned and operated a successful microfilm business for 45 years which comfortably supported his large family and provided jobs for his children and employees. Jerry had a generous heart and gave freely to others. He loved sports and always supported and encouraged his children to participate. Jerry spent close to 20 years volunteering in the Little League as president, player agent, or coach. In his retirement he spent many hours woodworking and creating a special gardening system that resulted in beautiful produce year-round. Jerry spent his life serving others and fulfilling various callings in the church. He was, and continues to be, a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ and will truly be missed.
A funeral service will be held Friday, September 24th at 2:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1521 E. Bella Vista Road, San Tan Valley, AZ.