Sam Lee Short 1935-2022

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Sam Lee Short 1935-2022

Sam Lee Short, a longtime resident of Lewistown, Montana, passed away Sunday, July 10, at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Leo and Novice Leotta (Titus) Short; brothers Leo, Lloyd, and Denny Short; sister Mary Ann Boe; two nieces, Sally Boe and Serena Stewart; and great-nephew Randy Nankivel.

He is survived by his brother, Darrel and Marcia Short of St. George, Utah; sister-in-law Coleen Short of Piedmont, South Dakota; and 13 nieces and nephews.

Sam was born in Mud Butte, South Dakota, on May 19, 1935. He attended grade school in one-room country schools in Mud Butte, Sturgis, and Piedmont, South Dakota, and high school in Rapid City. Sam’s first year of college was at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings. He then enlisted in the Army and served mostly in Korea. After being honorably discharged, Sam attended California State University, Fresno, then transferred back to SDSU, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Range Management.

Sam was very active in 4-H throughout high school and college and won many awards. He was honored with a national award in Chicago for the “Best 4-H Record Keeping” in the United States. While attending college he was one of the nation’s premier collegiate judges for livestock and plant identification, which gave him the opportunity to travel to contests with judging teams around the country.

Upon graduating from college, Sam started his career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Dillion, Mon tana. Several years later, Sam transferred to the Rock Springs, Wyoming, District Office. After three years, his love for the state of Montana drew him to Great Falls where he worked for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After a very successful career, Sam happily retired in Lewistown.

During his career, he made many rancher friends with his proficiency in Range Management on both public and private lands. Sam was also deeply involved with teaching Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H youth, identifying plants, management of rangelands, and taking youth teams to National contests.

In Sam’s later years, ranchers throughout central and eastern Montana reached out to him for his expertise on range management plans and identifying quality characteristics of livestock. Sam also took up run ning in his Wranglers and cowboy boots! He loved his flowers and took great pride in receiving countless ribbons and prizes at both local and state fairs. Every morning began with his friends at the coffee club; which was the highlight of his day!

To those who knew Sam, he was caring, encouraging, and had a witty sense of humor. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. His family finds joy in knowing he is now “running in his boots” with the Lord.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel, 209 Third Ave. North, Lewistown, Montana. An additional memorial service will be held in South Dakota at a later date with interment at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at