Donald E. Long

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Donald Eugene Long
passed away peacefully
November 20, 2018 at
his home in Arvada,
Colorado at the age of
84. He was born on June
23, 1934 in New Almelo,
Kansas, to Andrew and
Regina (Otter) Long.
Don lived his early years in New
Almelo and Beloit, KS. There he attended
and graduated from St. John's
High School. He went on to attend
college at Fort Hays State University
and Emporia State University,
graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in
Teaching in 1960. Education was an
important part of Don's life, forming
his career as a teacher and continuing
his studies at the University of Colorado
and the University of Northern
Colorado, where he earned 2 master's
degrees and the equivalent of a 3rd
in Counseling, Administration and
Library Sciences. As a young man,
Don taught school in Junction City,
KS. Later, he accepted a teaching position
at Secrest Elementary School in
Jefferson County, CO where he taught
for 29 years.
Don enjoyed country life growing up
in Kansas. His love of farming and its
important role in his family's heritage
was evident throughout his life. He
loved gardening, tractors, collecting
farm implements, tools and memorabilia.
He never turned down an opportunity
to share his remembrances
of farm life with those he interacted
with. He also shared a multitude of
harvests from his gardening pursuits
each growing season with family and
friends.
Don served his country
as part of the United
States Kansas Army
National Guard from
1952-1960, attaining the
rank of Sergeant First
Class, E-6.
Don married Beatrice
Hollerich of Tipton, KS, on September
11, 1957, they were married 61 years
at the time of his passing. They made
their home in Arvada, CO where they
raised 5 children. Don was active in
his community and church where
he attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic
Church.
Don was also a Denver Bronco fan
and enjoyed talking football with
family and friends. In his later years,
he spent his spare time enjoying car
repair, reading, watching educational
television and multiple trips to Branson
MO.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, brothers Jerry and Father
Galen, and his daughter Karen.
Donald is survived by his wife
Beatrice; son Dan and wife Donna
of Glenwood Springs, CO, daughter
Mary and husband Bill Sheldon of
Parker, CO, daughter Dianne and husband
Mike Truitt of Beloit, KS and son
Paul and wife Donna of Firestone, CO;
brothers, Charles and his wife Mary
of Beloit, KS, Bob and wife Mary of
Bella Vista, AR, Father Melvin of Palm
Springs, CA, and Carl and wife Joan
of Bella Vista, AR; sister Joyce and
husband John Highland of Beloit, KS;
seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren;
and a host of other relatives
and friends.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Nov. 29 to Dec. 28, 2018
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