Leo H. Long Jr.
November 10, 1938 - January 3, 2021
Gig Harbor, Washington - Leo H. Long Jr. was born November 10, 1938 to Leo H. Long Sr. and Dorothy Bachelor-Long. Leo died January 3, 2021 at age 82. Leo was a husband, father, educator, mentor, businessman and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
Leo was a graduate metallurgist and wrote a number of technical papers that were published. He belonged to many technical societies and was active in the Steel Founders Society of America, American Society for Testing of Materials, Iron and Steel Society, American Foundrymen's Society, American Society for Metals, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Electric Metal Makers Guild of North America. He served on many ferrous metals committees. He was the Steel Founders Society of America exchange lecturer to England in 1980.
Leo was an undergraduate teaching assistant for astronomy during his college years at Washington State University. The Chairman of the Mathematics Department wrote Leo a thank you letter in 1961 which included the praise "I have often wondered to myself how a young man could be so mature, circumspect, trustworthy and reliable". Leo enriched his future family with these same traits for the rest of his life.
Leo later taught an evening metallurgy course at Chaffey College in Alta Loma, California while working for Kaiser Steel in Fontana, California. He qualified for and obtained a lifetime teaching credential in metallurgy at the college level from the State of California.
Leo retired from his working career in 2005 at age 67 after owning and operating Atlas Foundry and Ideal Machine Co. in Tacoma. He had enjoyed a fruitful career working with many fine people. Retirement did not slow him down, and Leo continued to lead a full and active life. He was a golfer, private pilot, hunter, boater, and a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain. Leo and his wife Clare loved boating, and in recent years traveled to Canada each summer in their boat. Leo was a lifetime member of the Tacoma Yacht Club.
Leo is survived by his wife Clare, sons Tim (Julie) and Dan, brother Tom (Margy), and Leo's sisters Margy Long and Carol Robertson, four grandchildren, and thirteen nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by his family.
Leo will be laid to rest in a private burial at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor, with a memorial service to follow later at a date/time to be announced. Please refer to their website www.havenrest.com
for details. Leo expressed in advance that memorial donations could be made to the American Cancer Society
, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, or the Pierce County Humane Society.