Wayne Long, 75, of Longmont, passed away peacefully June 11 at his home after a battle with cancer.
He was born in Promise City on May 2, 1938 to Hermon and Myrtle (Thompson) Long. He grew up in Promise City and graduated from high school at Seymour. After graduation, he joined the Air Force. He later left the Air Force and joined the Army. He served his country for a total of 26 years. He was a contracting officer for the Army until his retirement May, 1998.
Wayne came to Colorado on vacation with his family in 1966 and decided that this is where he wanted to stay. He called, had the furniture forwarded, a decision he never regretted. He was involved in many aspects of hunter education, gun safety, wilderness survival and volunteer work with the Division of Wildlife. He taught hunter education to over 3,000 students. He was an active member of Ambassador Baptist Church and enjoyed his church family. He was also an active member of the American Legion Post 32 where he served as a proud member of the Honor Guard. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jonetta “Jonnie” and one son Steve Long (wife Nancy), one daughter Sue Brown and three grandchildren: John Long (wife Carrie), Elizabeth Brown, Andrew Brown and two great grandchildren Katrina and Justin Long; sister-in-law Della Pribnow and brothers-in-law Richard Pribnow and Jim Sackfield. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermon and Myrtle Long and three sisters, Myrna Park, Marjorie Stout and Myra Robertson.
A memorial service will be held at Faith Baptist Church, 833 15th Ave., Longmont, on Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. A private family interment will take place at Concord Cemetery near Plano.