In memoriam: Shirl Bishop
Bishop, who was born in Delta, Utah, attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan for two years before enlisting in the Army Aviation Cadet program. During WWII he was assigned as a navigation instructor for a year, then transferred to a B-29 squadron, flying missions out of Guam, according to the Provo Daily Herald.
After WWII, Bishop completed his bachelor's degree at Utah State, then taught vocational agriculture at a high school in Utah for three years. During the Korean War, Bishop was recalled to serve in the Air Force and was stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside County, where he was involved with tracking the movement of the radioactive clouds from atom bomb tests in Nevada.
After he was discharged from military service, Bishop and his family stayed in Riverside County, where he joined the UC Agricultural Extension Service as a 4-H advisor. He took a sabbatical leave to earn a master's degree in animal nutrition, then became a dairy farm advisor. Bishop retired in 1986 from a 32-year UC Cooperative Extension career in Riverside County.
His wife of 70 years, Doris Ann, passed away July 4, 2017. Bishop is survived by their children Gail (Jerry) Argetsinger in Rochester, N.Y.; Anne (Dennis) Heaston in Provo; Karen (Kent) Mikkelsen in Kensington, Md.; and Russell (Scarlett) Bishop in Pembroke Pines, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.