Richard Kenneth Long: husband, father, professor


    Richard Kenneth Long, 60, of Provo; Seattle, Wash.; Midland, Mich.; Herndon, Va.; and Miami, Fla. passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2005.

    Rich was born on February 28, 1944 in San Francisco, Calif. to Kenneth and Lura Long.

    While attending BYU on a baseball scholarship, he met his future wife Sue Ann Davis and was stunned by her vivacity and beauty. Soon after, he joined the LDS church. Rich and Sweet Sue were married in the Los Angeles Temple on June 5th 1965. Through love and patience, they were blessed with eight children, five of whom were adopted. Rich adored his grandchildren and looked forward to their visits.

    Rich worked in public relations for Dow Chemical Company for nearly twenty-five years. He traveled extensively in his work, had been on six continents and had friends all over the world. Most recently he was a professor at BYU where he was able to positively influence a plethora of lives and careers. He loved working with the students?a favorite assignment was to have his classes write his obituary.

    He was an avid genealogist and many Provo temple workers know of him through the temple work that his family, friends and students did on his behalf. Over the years Rich served in many church callings including scoutmaster, three bishoprics, several high council positions and most recently with the BYU 4th Stake.

    Rich is survived by his adoring wife Sue Ann, his brother Robert Long of Rancho Cordova, Calif., his children Kristin (Mark) Long Pikus of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Brady (Amy) Long of Pearland, Texas; Martin (Kerensa) Long of North Bend, Wash.; Cheryl (Jason) Barfuss of Orem, Utah; Pamela Long of Orem, Utah; Natalie (Colby) Burr of Montrose, Colo.; Stacie (Martin) Glass of Orem, Utah; Clinton Long of Provo, Utah; and his grandchildren Parker Long, William Lundh Pikus, Alex Long, Madison Burr, Jacob Long, Mackenzie Burr, and Ruth Glass.

    Visitation services will be held from 6-8 pm on Sunday, January 16, 2005 at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N., Orem. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday, January 17, 2005 in the Edgemont Stake Center, 303 W. 3700 N., Provo. Interment will take place at the East Lawn Memorial Park in Provo.

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