Dennis Ray Long died peacefully at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Chicago, Illinois on January 20, 2015 at the age of 64.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Cindy, of Batesville, Indiana, daughters Lara (Bryan) Washington of Lindon, Utah, Cami (Rob) Smith of Orem, Utah, Crystal (Steve) Smith of Alpine, Utah, and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings Karen (Kent) Roberts, Cathy (Kent) Lowe, Susan Garfield, Dee (Diana) Long. He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Ruth Long of Spanish Fork, Utah.
Dennis was born on September 2, 1950 in Spanish Fork, Utah. He attended college at Southern Utah State College and worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a surveyor and fire jumper. In 1971, Dennis served a two year mission in the California North Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Cindy Greenwood on January 21, 1978 in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Dennis and Cindy have been residents of Batesville, Indiana since 1988, where Dennis owned and operated his own business, Long’s Quality Painting and was known for the high quality of his work. In addition to his painting, he was a skilled carpenter, and he always had a creative solution to fix any mechanical or household problem. He had an intelligent and inquiring mind and was always reading and studying many different books and topics.
Dennis was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many leadership and teaching volunteer positions throughout his life. He served as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America for many years and touched the lives of many young men in that capacity. He was good natured, fun loving and was a pleasure to be around. His children, grandchildren and even his friends’ children loved to accompany him when he went out to fly his model airplanes, one of his favorite hobbies.
Dennis loved the outdoors and spent many hours in the mountains, hiking, camping and fishing. He was a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and loved to accompany his friends to Florida to fish and crab. He also loved to garden and was a gourmet cook with the ability to use his fresh produce to create wonderful sauces and entrees.
His loss is felt deeply by his family. Dennis was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be remembered lovingly for his many kindnesses, his wonderful sense of humor, his intelligence, his spirituality, his wisdom and his deep testimony of and devout love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Batesville Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 422 Township Line Road in Batesville, Indiana. A visitation will be held at Meyers Funeral Home, 1150 State Route 46 East, Batesville, Indiana on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31st at the Lindon West Stake Center, 1050 West 1600 North, Orem Utah at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial in the American Fork, Utah Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Safe Passage, P.O. Box 235, Batesville, IN 47006 or the missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, www.ldsphilanthropies.org in honor of Dennis Long.
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