Owen ‘Shorty’ Bell


Owen “Shorty” Bell passed away on Dec. 23, 2017, at his home in Pagosa Springs. Shorty was born to Henry and Letha Bell in Missouri.

Shorty grew up in Pagosa Springs. At 21 years old, he joined the Navy and served four years active duty and another four years in the reserves.

Shorty married the love of his life, Emily, on March 31, 1964. Shorty worked for many years in Pagosa Springs at San Juan Lumber, Bob’s LP Gas and Selph’s Propane.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Emily Bell; son Jeff (Laura); son-in-law James Campbell; granddaughter Kayla (Allen) Sadahiro; grandson Dylan Bell; great-granddaughter Ember Sadahiro; good friends Daron and Angela Selph; three siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Betsy Bell Campbell; six siblings and his parents.

Shorty had a contagious smile and a great sense of humor that everyone knew and loved him by. He will be dearly missed. Per his request, there will be no services.