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Leo Evans Long

March 16, 1931March 9, 2020

Leo Evans Long was born on March 16, 1931 and passed away on March 9, 2020.

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Mike wobber

March 31, 2020

I had the privilege and honor of both having Coach Long as my Coach and my employer. He defiantly helped mold me into the person I am today. I think that one of his greatest testaments is the legacy he left for generations to come. Both my Son and Daughter ran track at Los Altos High School (2005-2013) and his presence and influence still live on! Some of the current coaching staff had the privilege of know coach Long and the others carry on his tradition.
Mike Wobber. Track & Cross Country 1972-1976

john parente

March 24, 2020

Dear Long family,
I was not even a runner when as a freshman in high school I heard that my classmate Mike Sanford, and my older classmates like my neighbor Chris Adams and my brother Bern's grade school running nemesis Rick Brown had just won the California State Track Championship for Los Altos High School. I only knew Coach Long as one of a number of impressionable regular P.E. coaches, and had no idea what accomplishments and accolades he had garnered leading up to that feat in 1970. I probably knew his son Brian Long better, from Spanish class and hanging out . Many of my classmates and close friends like Jeff Norton, Clayton Lockhart, Loren Israelson and Pete Zagar were a part of the program, and by the end of my sophomore year, I decided to quit the baseball team, for which I knew I had greater potential, just to be a part of the LAHS Track Team. I got to experience the inspirational pep talks and the team unity like never before. And I realized I would never letter due to the depth on the team. I even ran cross country for Leo Long and at his 2008 track dedication was able to tell him that I still run 150 miles a month (true now even) and actually ran in the Jr. College State Cross-Country Championships at age 37 - all because of his inspiration to me. I know that my brothers Bern and Bill also loved him and appreciated what he did to instill the importance of discipline, hard & honest work, and working as a team meant. Now hopefully, he, Jeff Norton, and Charlie Giddis are all together with our Maker. Peace and my gratitude to Leo Long and his beloved family. God bless dear Coach Long.

Mark Andersen

March 24, 2020

Coach Long was certainly a remarkable individual. Not only for the nationally ranked athletes he developed, nor the undefeated seasons and league/state championships won under his tutelage, truly an astounding record, but for his boundless enthusiasm and love of sport and competition. I remember him at his desk with several newspapers from around the country, comparing results of recent track meets with LAHS’s. We always won! Can you forget his singing the Sanford fight song in the locker room prior to duel meets? How about a drizzly Friday, setting the oval on fire to dry-out a soggy track in order prevent cancelling the meet? I am so pleased that the LAHS (I can’t use the new the name) Oval was named in his honor. For those of us who were in attendance at the ceremony, it was evident that Leo Long was more than a coach or teacher, he was a mentor and role model…I know he was for me. Rest in peace, Leo.

Mark Andersen ‘63

Bob Owen

March 23, 2020

Dear Leo, this one is for you,

Your profound presents in my life has truly been an unforgettable
blessing.

During our track years together at Los Altos High School your coaching abilities and insightful guidance carried me through four years of one of the most remarkable times in my life. You instilled in me an attitude of accomplishment that became a springboard for my entire life. Nothing seemed impossible.

Both Judy and I share an enduring gratefulness for all the delightful times we have spent together with you and Nancy in more recent years. Reminiscing, laughing and solving worldly issues always with the promise that we would get together soon again.

Our fond memories will serve us well as we continue to embrace our sweet Nance in friendship and compassion. Leo, we thank you for your most amazing life. You have truly been an inspiration to all of us who have been fortunate enough to have known you.

Love Bob and Judy Owen

Paul Teschner

March 23, 2020

Coach Long was a true gentleman and taskmaster. Always an encouraging word followed by "let's pick it up a notch " ! My Track and Cross Country days were some of my best times. He, along with my Father, helped me to become the Firefighter I am. Those hot days running the S - turns as he'd drive along with us in his VW bug, relentlessly getting us to do more than we ever thought we could. When he let us time Kilburn's dog Baron in the hundred with silk track shorts on, only to have Baron lift his leg on a hay bale at the end. I've always been thankful for knowing you Coach. Rest in Peace and may you keep the Angels winning their races now.
Paul Teschner. Track and Cross Country Class 0f 1973



Phil Teschner

March 22, 2020

Leo Long, Coach Long as I knew and called him with a lot of respect. I first met Coach Long when I went out for track in 1968 & wanted to be a weight-man. He took one look at me & said Teschner your a runner go & he was right. My first cross country race was at Alum Rock. Coach Long put me # 1 in line looked at me & said if your don't sprint the first 125 yards you will be trampled due to the course narrowing down to 3 feet wide. I sprinted and ended up with a metal in that race. Thanks Coach! Coach Long had a way with motivating the team before meets with his speeches and music. He always had a kind word to say and also installed that little extra in your mind to inspire you to do your best! Thank-you Coach Long & Rest-In-Peace!

Phil Teschner - LAHS Class of 1970

Ed Forrest

March 20, 2020

Leo taught me the shot put. During the season I was stuck on a distance and getting discouraged,I left practice early and was walking across the field on my way home. He yelled at me to go get changed and I went back out and got another three feet that day. I have had a lifetime of wonderful memories of Leo and that season. Bless him!

hank lawson

March 20, 2020

I went to Gunn HS, class of '73, and ran track (distances). Gunn & LA weren't in the same League, but I KNEW of Leo Long. His coaching and scouting of teams was legendary. I ended up coaching at Gunn and then Lynbrook and competed against Los Altos, his name was always mentioned. Met him once and was still in awe of him and loved hearing stories of him. Please, keep the stories coming.

hank

Peter Zagar

March 19, 2020

Coach Long was an amazing man. He was kindhearted, honest and a master at motivating those that he coached. We probably all remember his psych meetings before big meets. The one that comes to mind was my Sophomore year in 1971 just before the Cupertino duel meet. All of the dope sheets had Los Altos going down to defeat for the first time in the history of the school. But coach had us so fired up prior to the meet. I remember Andy Tammar, all 5-6 of him, taking the batton on the anchor leg of the 440 relay and blowing by 6-4 Craig Conway on the home straight. It was an amazing sight. You could hear the air being let out of Cupertino's balloon as Tammar hit the tape first. I'm not sure how many PR's there were that day, but Los Altos rolled Cupertino.

David Long

March 19, 2020

Goodbye Dad. Thank you for raising me in the best possible way, in Argentina and in Los Altos. So many memories. Words cannot describe.

FROM THE FAMILY