Bill Long May 21, 1931 – September 30, 2021

BILL LONG May 21, 1931 – September 30, 2021

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and longtime resident of Santa Fe and Los Alamos, Bill Long passed away at the age of 90 with his family by his side on September 30, 2021 .

William (Bill) Donald Long was born on May 21, 1931 to Herbert and Dorothy Long in Jordanville, New York.

After graduating from high school, his father asked him to come to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to join the IBEW union in which his father was a general foreman. He joined the union in 1949, but decided to enlist in the Navy later that year. He fought in the Korean War and was in active service for three years.

He then returned to Los Alamos after his service to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Zia Company as a Journeyman Electrician. It was there that he met his first wife, Cordelia. They married, had two children, Steven and Debra, and remained married for 33 years until her death in 1989.

He worked for the Zia company for 26 years then joined the laboratory to become an electrical inspector. He was instrumental in installing the CRAY computer system in the LDCC building, which was one of the most powerful computers in the world. He worked for the lab for 21 years until his retirement. He then joined the engineering firm Bridges and Paxton for which he worked for 5 years.

Bill was a longtime hunter, hunting and fishing from a young age with his father. He also spent many days hunting with his son and friends Lynn and Bill Gregory. His favorite was the elk hunt in eleven-day hunts in the Cruces Basin in northern New Mexico. He loved the outdoors. He loved to look outside of his hospital bed at home to see deer, bears and squirrels.

Bill was an honorary alumnus of St. Michael’s High School. He spent many hours working at school. He worked many days on the football field setting up the scoreboard. He also called the bingo on Monday night, was the statistician of Coaches Shelley, McCarthy and Rodriguez. He was active until his son’s graduation in 1974.

Bill met his second wife Gloria in 1989 and they married in 1990. They traveled the country in his beloved diesel stroller. They kept traveling until he said it was time to “hang up” because he was too old to work on it. Bill and Gloria have been married for 31 years. He helped raise his stepdaughter, Monique, and was very close to his children, Joshua and Sydney.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Cordelia, his father (Herbert Long) and mother (Dorothy Bassler), his sister Yvonne (Tweet) and his brother Roger (Darlene).

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Gloria Long, his son Steven Long (Judy), his daughter Debra Putnam (Michael) and his daughter-in-law Monique Isaacks (Scott). Brother Robert Long (Linda) and Sister Margie Heatherton (Ray). He was also a father figure to his two younger brothers-in-law, Manuel Felix Lujan (deceased) and Tobias Lujan whom he helped raise after their father died. He was also the proud grandfather of Erin Gomez (Michael), Stephanie Schnizlein (David), Brandon Putnam (Jennie), Evan Long (girlfriend Monica), Brianna Putnam (fiancé David), Joshua Isaacks, Sydney Isaacks and four great-grandchildren, Orion, Mila, Odin and Carter. He is also very proud of all of his nieces and nephews who are too numerous to name.

The family would also like to warmly thank the following people: Egis (Mario and Staff), AmberCare (Emily and Alaina), Giving Home Health Care (Analissa and Staff, Ximena, Billy, Les and others), Los Alamos Medical Center (Julie Medina ) and Rivera Family Funeral Home.

There will be a Celebration of Life at Crossroads Bible Church at 97 East Road, Los Alamos, NM on Friday October 15, 2021 at 10:30 am. Interment will take place on November 3 at 9.45 a.m. at the National Cemetery. Following the funeral, there will be a reception at the Catholic Community of Santa Maria De La Paz at 11 College Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The family turned Bill over to Rivera Family Funeral Home in Los Alamos. Please visit www.riverafamilyfuneralhome.com to share condolences and photos and stories with the family.

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