LONG, Stephen Donald
Stephen was the first child and only son of H. Donald 'Buzz' Long and Nancy Long-Hine, Stepson of Wayne A. Hine.
Born July 21, 1954, died May 13, 2013 from a heart attack in Salinas, California. His wife, Ann was at his side when he passed into Gods loving hands. He was a California native who attended school in Sacramento and Newark. He was selected for the Boy Scouts, Order of the Arrow, a National Brotherhood of Scout Honor Campers. He graduated from The Hong Kong International School where he achieved honors academically and in speech and drama and on the swim team. He went on to save two swimmers lives. He attended the Osaka International Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan. He learned Cantonese, how to sail a bathtub sized boat and enjoyed cruising the South China Sea in his parents Chinese Junk. He enjoyed music and singing and played the piano.
He attended University of Wisconsin, majoring in Forestry. He took a year off from University to work for Western Geophysical shipping out of Singapore. He joined an international crew, searching the South East Asian Sea and Indian Ocean for oil.
He received his bachelor's degree from California State University Sacramento with a double major in Business and History.
He worked for AIG in Houston, Texas where he would fly out with Red Adair to survey oil tanker spills in the Gulf and ascertain the cost of clean-up. He worked for AIG in Austin, Texas as their Tri-States manager for several years before moving to Chicago.
He traveled extensively to Europe, Latin America and Asia, most recently to Taiwan and the Philippines. He enjoyed meeting people around the world and learning about their customs. He treasured all of nature, was an avid camper and hiker all his life. He was a voracious reader. He enjoyed art, drama, architecture and history. He was an avid 49ers and Giants fan. He delighted in family gatherings and partying with friends.
He married Josephine Frank. 12 years later they divorced. He then relocated to California and with longtime, best friend Mike Laughlin formed a company, Pool Works in Los Gatos. He had strong Christian beliefs and attended church in Los Gatos. Stephen was highly intelligent with a quick mind, lots of patience, a talent for mediation and a wonderful sense of humor. He was always a lot of fun to be with. He possessed a strong protective attitude for his Mother, sisters and family. He will be missed beyond words, always deeply loved and remembered. The family takes solace in knowing he is with his Father and in God's hands and that we will meet again.
He was preceded in death by his Father H. D. Long, his grandparents, Philip and Wynne Long, Anna and Milton Foosaner and his Aunt Linda Dunn and Uncle & Aunt Phil and Fern Long.
He is survived by his Mother Nancy Long-Hine, his Step father Wayne Hine, his wife Ann, his sister,Suzanne and husband John O'Rourke, sister and husband Sally and Chris Johns and three nephews, Clinton, Coleman, Clayton and a niece, Sarah Johns. He will also be missed by a world of friends, extended family and business associates.
Final arrangements were handled by Healey Mortuary, Salinas, California. A celebration of Steve's life will be a private family gathering to scatter his ashes by the sea and in the Redwoods where he found life long peace and joy.
When he had passed it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music. - Longfellow
The family request donations be made in his name to Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California. 2425 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95817 for info. email@example.com
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Healey Mortuary and Crematory
405 North Sanborn Road
Salinas, CA 93905
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 26, 2013