Andrew Edward ""Andy"" Long (1924 - 2013)

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Andrew Edward Long, born November 17, 1924 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Wesley Brooks Long and Annis Marie Henderson, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 from complications of pneumonia in Albuquerque, New Mexico, his home for the past nine years.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Bonnie Scott Long, his son, Timothy E. Long of Santa Fe, and his daughter, Andra J. Long Riordan and her husband, Richard of Albuquerque; granddaughters, Katae Long of Seattle, WA, AntaÒa Martinez and husband, Carlos of NC, Tiffany Olson and husband, David, of Los Angeles, CA, and Davis Riordan, his only grandson; great-grandchildren, Jarvis Phelps, Nicolas Martinez, Lucas Martinez, Talon Olson, and Davan Olson.
Andy attended the one-room Rice Creek School, riding on horseback behind his older uncle, L.D. Henderson, who also attended. He lived and worked on the farm of his grandfather, Andrew Jackson Henderson, who was a deputy U.S. marshall, until he left for the U.S. Merchant Marines in 1942 at the age of 18. He attended Dewey High School where he was first chair drummer in the high school band, having taken drumming lessons from Ike Luther, previously a circus drummer and later a music instructor and piano tuner. After the merchant marines, he worked for the Lifetime Stainless Steel Co. out of Wichita, Kansas for 12 years and later became a real estate salesman. He had an opportunity to work in Los Alamos, NM in 1961 as a salesman for Noxon Construction Company and was charged with securing the first 100 home sales for their development in White Rock, New Mexico.
In 1965 he opened the first real estate office in Los Alamos County. As membership chairman for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, his efforts were successful in obtaining the membership of local business people in this government-owned town. He has served as Director of the Realtors Association on New Mexico, President of the Santa Fe Board of Realtors and the Los Alamos Board of Realtors, as well as salesman of the year for both the Santa Fe and Los Alamos boards. He was also appointed by Governor Bruce King to head the New Mexico Real Estate Commission for 8 years in the 1970s until his retirement. Andy dedicated his efforts, and those of his wife, Bonnie, son Tim and daughter Andra, to the development of the first planned-unit development in New Mexico, Ponderosa Pines in Los Alamos, The Trinity Square Professional Plaza on Trinity Drive, building over 200 homes as Western States Builders, and in developing and leasing the commercial district of White Rock as SunLife Developers. The Village commercial area included many office buildings, apartments, townhomes and The Village Shopping Plaza. Andy also developed subdivisions in Joplin, Missouri and Hueneme Bay, California as well as municipal buildings and factories throughout New Mexico. He and Bonnie retired in 1980 to Austin, Texas, returning to New Mexico to be closer to their children in 1999.
A memorial service for Andy will be held in Dewey, Oklahoma on Saturday, October 19th at 2 PM at the Dewey Cemetery.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Oct. 13 to Nov. 12, 2013
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