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iconiconBEIGHTS, VOYD "SHORTY" CWO3, USN Ret. Voyd passed away on December 4, 2012. Born in Loraine, TX to Jewel and Frank Beights. Attended school in Loraine and Colorado City, TX, graduated from Draughn Business College, Abilene, TX in 1937. His 6'6" height earned him the nickname "Shorty". He joined the Navy Reserve in 1939 and served with pride in World War II and Korea. He married Georgia Moffatt in 1953 and raised three sons, Cameron; David (deceased); Todd; and adopted daughter, Julie Silva. In 1952, Shorty went to work for the City of San Diego in the Planning Department working his way up the ladder to the position of City Zoning Administrator. He was represenative to the city wide Board of Architectural Review. Upon retirement from the city in 1979, he joined Shapell Industries as Forward Planner. In 1981, he became an Independent Zoning/ Planning Consultant. He married Constance Hart of La Jolla in 1982. Shorty was also an independent agent for C.S.E. Insurance. A natural, popular leader, Shorty was elected President of organizations he joined, from S.D. Men's Chorus in the 1950s to Highway Development Assn., C.S.E. Agents Assn., and the City of San Diego Retiree's Assn. He served as Elder in Presbyterian churches in San Diego and Oceanside. Shorty was a Mason for over 50 years, a devoted Christian, and proud American. Well known for his positive, upbeat attitude in life, he entertained everyone with his tall tales of fictional Texas families and will be remembered with fondness for his "card" and "other card". He leaves his adoring wife of 30 years Connie and precious daughter-in-law Dale, two sons, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a wide circle of extended family and friends. Shorty was a man of faith and courage with strong values, and was wise to use his brillant sense of humor in communicating what he believed. Even in death, he made a contribution to the well-being of others through the body donation program at UCSD School of Medicine. A private Celebration of Life has been held and there will a burial at sea. The family thanks Tri-City Hospital, Village Square Rehab Center, and Season's Hospice for loving care.

Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 30, 2012
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