Oscar Albert “Al” Shortt Jr. passed away Sept. 3, 2017, at his home in San Clemente, California.

Al was born April 10, 1932, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Nina Shortt and Oscar Shortt Sr.

Al graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1954. Al was in the Air Force ROTC and earned his pilot’s license. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force, where he was a navigator/bombardier for a B-52. After joining, Al fought in the Vietnam War with distinction and returned home after being deployed for 18 months. Al retired from the Air Force in 1977 as a lieutenant colonel.

Al married the love of his life, Ann Patterson, in 1960. They had three children, Bob, Mike and Glenn. They lived in Mississippi, North Carolina and Atwater, California.

Al and Ann eventually settled in Cold Springs, where Al was a school teacher. Al loved the outdoors. He was an avid skier, hiker and boater. He always could be found rooting for his Tar Heels during March Madness.

Al was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ann Shortt; and his parents, Nina Shortt and Oscar Shortt Sr.

He is survived by his three children, Glenn and Bob, of Orange County, and Mike, of Baltimore, Maryland; and his five grandchildren, Travis, Griffin, and Sierra, Michael and Joey.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to www.alzheimers.org . Memorial services will be held in Laguna Hills at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and in Cold Springs.