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Michael Wesley Long

1940 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Michael Wesley Long Obituary
Michael Wesley Long
Jul. 11, 1940 ~ Jul. 4, 2014
Resident of Martinez
Michael W. (Mike) Long passed away July 4, in Martinez, after a long illness. Mike was at home where he had been lovingly and patiently cared for by his friend and caregiver, brother-in-law, Robert Smith. Mike is survived by his wife of 30 years, Arlene Long; stepdaughter Kerri Hiler; son Dean (Susie) Long of Sparks, Nevada; daughters Diane (Roy) Fortner of Martinez and Brenda Lavee Long of Miami, Florida; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is, also, survived by his mother, Virginia Long of Pleasant Hill; his sister, Patty Galvan of Benicia; niece, Jennifer (Jeff) Galvan-Trezza of Benicia; many cousins, in-laws; and his Aunt Bonnie Nash of Mt. Shasta. He will, also, be greatly missed by his three canine companion s, Chloe, Sophie, and Molly. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Long.
Mike grew up in Benicia attending the original Benicia Grammar School on East K Street. He was very active in sports and band, graduating from Benicia High School in 1958. Mike is a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He then worked for Mare Island Naval Ship Yard for 32 years, retiring in 1994. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, especially when visiting his Aunt Bonnie and her husband, Roger. Taking up the game of golf, he participated in many tournaments and did very well by the number of trophies he acquired. Being of Irish/Scott descent on his father's side, Mike grew up listening to relatives 'tell the good story.' He enjoyed telling the good story, himself. Mike truly valued friendship and loyalty.
Mike requested no services be held, however, the family would like to invite friends to gather at the Concord Moose Lodge, 1805 Broadway Street, in Concord, on Mike's birthday Friday, July 11, between 2-6 P.M., to celebrate his life. Friends are welcome to bring a 'good story to tell.' Donations in Mike's memory may be made to St. Jude's children's Research Hospital @ stjude.org or any .
Published in East Bay Times on July 8, 2014
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