LaVene Long(1928 - 2014)

LaVene David "Dave" Long, Jr. passed away July 6, 2014, at age 85. He was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Bend, Ore., to LaVene David and Laura Mae Adams Long, Sr. His early years were spent in the Silver Lake and the Lakeview area. At age 9, his mother and three brothers relocated to Sam's Neck/Dorris area. He attended Spring and Butte Valley schools. In 1950, he was drafted into the Army and spent two years stationed in England in the 32nd Antiaircraft Artillery Brigade and five years in the Army Reserves. In 1956, he married Shirley Dixon and June 22, they recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Dave worked in various fields, including farming, forestry, automobile/tractor mechanic and car sales. He was the owner operator of the Chevron station in Dorris until 1963 before moving the family to Tulelake, where he began operating the Chevron station there. He volunteered in activities in Tulelake Rotary (past president), worked at the Tulelake 4-H and FFA livestock auctions, and coached/umpired Little League baseball. Dave and family had a small farm, where they raised beef and enjoyed their large yard and gardens. Dave was known in the area for keeping his yard in pristine condition. He enjoyed family gatherings and tracking family genealogy. He would always make time for a family reunion anywhere along the West Coast just to spend as much time as possible with his family and friends. A hobby he especially enjoyed was restoring cars and then talking about them at the local car shows. Other interests were hunting, wildlife photography, fishing and camping. Dave is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter and son-in-law, Lynette and John Hedin of Oak Ridge, N.C.; a son, Robert of Roosevelt, Utah; grandson, Brian Hedin and his fiancee, Natalie Blakely of Keizer, Ore.; granddaughters, Emily and Sarah Long of Roosevelt, Utah; brothers and sisters-in-law, Phil and Phyllis Long of Springfield, Ore., and Jack and Evelyn Wagner of North Fork, Calif.; and sisters-in-law, Peggy and Gerald Dixon of Vacaville, Calif., and Delora Dixon of Reno, Nev. He was preceded in death by infant son, Ralph and brother-in-law, Orville Dixon. Private graveside services will be held and there will be a memorial with lunch Saturday, July 12, at 1:30 p.m. in Hope Lutheran Community Center, 2314 Homedale Road, Klamath Falls, OR. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Klamath County Humane Society, 4240 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603, would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements by Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, now at 2680 Memorial Drive, 541-883-3458.

Funeral Home

Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
2680 Memorial Drive Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 883-3458

Published in Herald And News on July 10, 2014