Garlon "Pete" Long(1931 - 2013)

Garlon "Pete" Long, 82, of LaPlata, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 in Queen Creek, Ariz., where he was living and being lovingly cared for by his granddaughter Amanda, Aaron and Emily Mauer. Pete was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Haskell, Texas, the son of Francis Marion Long and Dora May Long.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, his bride of 58 years Betty Ann Rogers Long; great- granddaughter, Marissa Kay Maurer and great-grandchild, Bailey Shorter.
Pete and Betty had five children, Patricia Long Sword (Steve), Robert (Juandell) Long, Bill (Loydeen) Long, Marilyn Long Shorter (Ronnie), Cherilyn Long Kennedy (Steve); adopted daughter, Natalie Long Hubbard (Jonathon); 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; and many dear friends. Pete is also survived by two sisters and two brothers, Ruby Grover and Clara Long and Samuel Richard Long and Larry Long.
Pete had a hard life. Working in cotton patches, where he met the love of his life Betty. He farmed for Glenn and Maggie Merchant in Haskell, Texas. At 13, he quit school (Paint Creek, Texas), left home and went to work in the oilfield for Hack Drilling. He and Betty moved to Farmington where he worked for Great Western. Pete also worked for Loffland Brothers as a drilling superintendent, and then started his own company L.L.L. Drilling. Pete had a strong work ethic and captivating blue eyes. Pete enjoyed taking his dogs for long walks on La Plata Highway where he enjoyed waving at everyone. Pete loved his family, horses and guns. His absence from this earth will be felt more than words can express. Pete will be deeply missed.
Visitation for Pete will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 East Ute St.
Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at Greenlawn Cemetery, 1606 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, with Pastor Jim North officiating.
Pallbearers are Floyd Sword, Marty Long, Kenneth Sword, Roger Long, Donnie Shorter, Samuel Andrew Jr. and Aaron Maurer.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Special thank you to Hospice Family Care, Inc. of Gilbert, Arizona, Dr. Dinsdale, Michael, Marsha, Chris, Lisa, Central Christian Church of Queen Creek, Pastor Aaron Pennington and friends and family that brought in food.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Pete's memory to Four Corner's Equine Rescue, 22 Road 3334, Aztec, NM 87401.
Pete's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

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Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 325-8688

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Nov. 8 to Nov. 29, 2013