A longtime veteran of the music business, Shorty had a remarkable and diverse musical past. In his early years, he worked for the legendary Leo Fender and then worked for Rickebacker building guitars that were to become collectors’ items and set a standard in modern musical history. He shared the stage with well-knowns, including Dick Dale and the Del Tones, The Righteous Brothers, Merge Haggard, Hoyt Axton, Freddy Fender and Asleep at the Wheel.
Shorty will be remembered as a charismatic performer and versatile musician as he was known for singing, songwriting and playing the guitar, bass and harmonica. Among his many accomplishments and experiences, he was nominated Entertainer of the Year by the California Country Music Association both in 1985 and 1986. In addition to his renditions of Willie Nelson songs, Shorty is known best for his full-band-sound live performances as “King of the One-Man-Bands.” He was a member of many organizations supporting country music, such as the Academy of Country Music, and was one of the original board of directors of the California Music Association.
Shorty moved from California to the Branson area in 1995, where he and Marda performed together in Silverstar, complementing each other’s musical talents and charming personalities. For recreation, he enjoyed bass fishing and golf. Shorty will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Shorty is survived by his loving wife Marda of the home; daughter, Jaime Holz and husband Jeff of Riverside California; daughter, Wendi Barba and husband Larry of Grizzly Flats, California; a sister, Nancy Hamrick and husband Allen of Plano, Texas; a brother, Rod Potter of Fresno, California; three grandchildren, Joshua Holz, Evan Barba and Shay Barba; and a nephew who was like a son, Tony Potter and wife Julie of Fresno, California. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, June 16, 2016, at The Sanctuary of Hope with Pastor Sam Kaunley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Shorty may be made to the Missions at The Sanctuary of Hope.