John A. (Jack) Long
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left this world peacefully on January 9th. He was born on March 9, 1928 in Oberlin, Ohio; the son of Dana and Hope Long. Jack was predeceased by his wife, June, of 55 years in November 2012. He is survived by his daughter Carrie, son-in-law Jim Goolsby and his grandsons William and Michael Goolsby of Houston.
Jack's family moved to Lyndhurst, Ohio where he graduated from Charles F. Brush High School. Prior to graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Aviation V-5 Program. Jack attended Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey and Ohio University as part of the Navy program. He graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering.
He enjoyed working in heavy industry and, in 1969, Jack accepted a position with Brown & Root, moving his family to Houston. He found a rewarding career as a P.E., Project Manager and Consultant for 40 years in the metal, manufacturing and mining industries.
Jack's international work stimulated an interest in foreign travel. In retirement, he made numerous trips throughout Europe. Photojournalism became a serious hobby as attested to by the many friends he subjected to his "works".
As a 43 year resident of the Fonn Villas subdivision, Jack would like to be remembered for his service to the Civic Association and the Swim Club. Bendwood Park became an obsession where Jack initiated many capital improvements including the planting, care of and watering of hundreds of trees; all with the intent of making Fonn Villas a better place to live.
Jack was a long-time, active member of Pines Presbyterian Church. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at Pines, 12751 Kimberley Lane, on Tuesday, January 15th at 10:00 am with the Rev. Wayne Eberly officiating. A visitation with the family will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mission of Yahweh, 10257 Algiers, Houston, TX 77041.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 14, 2013