Richard English Long

April 18, 1941August 4, 2018

Richard English Long passed away on August 4, 2018, at home in Mesa, Arizona.

He was born in Mason City, Iowa to Marian Janet (Bruce) Long and Kenneth Fritzel Long on April 18, 1941.

On March 18, 1967 he married Deanna Silliman at the LA Verne College Chapel in La Verne, California.

Richard graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Chemistry and Mathematics and a Masters Degree at Illinois Institute of Technology. He spent 3 years at Edgewood High School in Covina, Ca, 6 years at Wm. T. Sampson High School in Guantanamo Naval Air Station, Cuba (DOD), 2 years in Zama High School in Camp Zama, Japan (DOD), tried business for 1 year at Lake of the Ozarks near Eldon, Missouri where he found Jesus. Next, he would teach at Cole R-5 High School in Eugene, Missouri, then 3 years at Morrison Academy in Taijung, Taiwan where he learned computers, 2 years was spent at Austin High School in Austin, Nevada, 1 year at Lanakila Baptist High School in Lanakila, Hawaii, finally he spent 15.5 years at La Sierra High School in Riverside, California before retiring and moving to Mesa, Arizona 2003.

He was active member within VIA Church, Leisure World Community, Zama Alumni, and Gitmo Alumni. Some of his special achievements were: National Merit Scholarship Honorable Mention, Became Christian in 1976, Live-in Granddaddy Nanny while daughter completed dissertation, attained Legal Medical Marijuana Card, and celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary.

He was preceded in death by his cousin, Jane Bruce.

Richard is survived by: Wendy Long Lamb (daughter) and husband Kevin Lamb of San Bernardino, CA, Andrew English Long (son) and wife Julie Long of Redding, CA, Bruce Long (brother) of Mesa, AZ, Janet Long Ford (sister) and husband Bob Ford of Albuquerque, NM, Cathi Silliman (sister in law) and Craig Randall of Tucson, AZ, Rod Silliman (brother in law) and wife Cheryl Silliman of Chino, CA, Russ Silliman (brother in law) of Redding, CA. He has grandchildren: Kendra and Oliver Lamb, step grandchildren: Brooke Elliott and Colter Cook and step great-grandchildren: Kaden and Kota Kennedy.

Celebration of Life will be Saturday, August 25 at 11:00 at VIA Church, 740 N. Power Rd. Mesa AZ 85205 with reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Presbyterian Childcare Center (FPCCC) 1900 North D Street, San Bernardino, CA, 92405. This is the childcare center where “Granddaddy Nanny” dropped off and picked up his grandkids and it also serves many families who live in poverty in San Bernardino.


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Bobby Stokes

August 16, 2018

As a student of Mr. and Mrs. Long in Guantanamo Bay Cuba in the 70s the relationship of student and teacher soon became friends and friends--from many hours spent in their backyard paradise to classes of Yoga taught by Mrs. Long and being taught many of life's lessons by both has and will forever leave an indelible impression of how to live a life of Love and kindness--so long Rich thank you for taking the time for us kids and preparing us for the world--May God Bless you and your lovely bride forever--till we meet again.


August 11, 2018

Mr. Long and Miss Haddon were the two teachers who touched my life in a special way. Mr. Long genuinely cared for all who entered his classroom giving encouragement no matter how difficult the problems were for his students. I was a prime example of the student who just didn't get Algebra. But to this day, due to Mr. Long's constant support, I still try to solve those Algebra problems, unfortunately, to no avail. You will be deeply missed, Mr. Long. Hope you and Miss Haddon are getting together and sharing your many memories of W. T. Sampson. God Bless You and Your Family. Laura Bratcher Parsons

Ron Roberts

August 9, 2018

Got to share lunch with Richard & Deanna at Waffle House.. As we were eating a young lady heard us talking about our time at Gitmo and she too had went to school there. So very glad I got to reignite our friendship.

Jerrie Dorr Smith

August 9, 2018

Mr. Long was a kind, happy, wise, silly, and a truly gentle man. While he will be missed by many, he will live on through stories, photos, and memories of those who had the good fortune to have crossed paths with him. To know him was to love him. Please know that our heavy hearts are with you, Mrs. Long. Our paws are crossed and prayers are sent for comfort and peace to you, his family and many, many friends. <3

Barbara O'Neill

August 9, 2018

My Heart Cries for Mr. Long and his Family. He is the only one of my Teacher's that has kept in touch with his long time classmates through-out the years. I will always remember his Smile ~ He is Always Smiling~ You can tell, he was a Happy Content Man~ That Happiness Reflects from a Loving Family and a Loving Wife~ You are in my Thoughts Deanna~

Russell Watters

August 9, 2018

Me. Long was one of the greatest teachers and educator there ever was! He taught me many things st W. T. Sampson high school in Gtmo for five years;that I cherish to this day!
He touched many lives and we are all better for knowing him.