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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 and is under the care of Lambert Funeral Home.

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REBECCA TROXELL

March 16, 2021

I worked for Coach Long at his shoe store in the mall.
I remember a man with lots of patience, kind and trusting.
I knew him as a coach, as I went to Los Altos.
He always had a nice word.
Rest in peace coach and thank for a chance to work for you and get to know you in a different light.
Becky Baumbaugh-Troxell 81

David Long

March 16, 2021

Thank you Carla. Good to hear from you! We should catch up sometime. Take care cousin . . .

Carla Christensen

March 15, 2021

Uncle Leo, your physical presence on this earth will be missed. Heaven has gained an angel. I love you Uncle Leo. To Brian, Brent, Doug, David I'm saddened by the loss of your father, you're in my thoughts and prayers.

John Ratkovich

August 15, 2020

I attended the event dedicating the LAHS track in honor of Coach Long in 2008. I recall two stories from that day.

The first story is how during a dual meet at Los Altos, the opposing coach accused the LAHS track event starter (also the principal of LAHS) of having cheated by not declaring a false start in the 100 yard dash, wherein the LA runners finished 1st and 3rd. Coach Long appeased the accusing, rival coach by allowing a redo of the 100. Before the redo, he told his runners that the opposing coach had accused their principal of cheating and implored his runners to do even better in the redo. His runners indeed did that by sweeping 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the redo.

The 2nd story was by a 60’s track athlete who was warming up for his event on the track when he tripped over a dog and scraped his hands and knees on the track. He had decided that he was done for the day and was heading to the locker room when Coach Long asked him what he was doing. He told his story and Coach replied that “the body doesn’t tell the mind what to do, the mind tells the body what to do”. That said, the athlete finished competing in the meet. Fast forward a few years and this young man is now in Army training at Ft. Lewis and has parachuted at night with 2 other soldiers into an icy slushy riverbank. Each time they try and make progress towards safety, they seem to slip further into the icy river. On the brink of giving up and letting the circumstances doom their fate, the LAHS athlete recalls the words from Coach Long and decides that he is not going to let his body tell his mind what to do. Suffice to say, the 3 continue to persevere and make it to safety.

Lastly, note that Coach passed away 3 months shy of the 50th anniversary of the storied LAHS State Track Championship. That team, under Coach Long’s tutelage, will always stand as an example to the importance of great leadership and inspiration.

Long live Coach Long and long live his Legend.

vincent foster

August 7, 2020

Leo Long who was my uncle and spoke at my mothers graveside services in Dos Palos, Ca. He remembers my mother who picked cotton in order to buy him his first shoes.
We were so proud of him in that he did so well in athletics and later years in life as a coach.
His nephew, Vincent Foster

Andy Tammar

June 16, 2020

I dearly loved this man,plain and simple.The inspiration and the excellent coaching I received from him while running varsity track at Los Altos high, along with the many talks that we shared will always be permiated in my heart. Going to state meet at UC Berkeley in 1970 with him as an alternate for the mile relay team was a greater added blessing.I loved all those guys.The gentle demeanor and wisdom Leo gave to all of us we will never forget.Be at peace,and rest my dear friend . Sincerely,Andrew(Andy Tammar.

Jeff Curran

June 4, 2020

Thanks Coach for your genuine concern for me and my family over the years. Your natural ability to inspire and motivate is legendary. Thanks for teaching me that each day is a wonderful gift and the value of persistence is so vital in life. I have so many cherished memories of Los Altos and you are in many of them. Your friendship and influence has always been powerful in my life. I am ever grateful.

Haig Norwood

May 5, 2020

I've known Coach Long since I was 12 years old. He had just moved back from Argentina, and bought a house at the opposite end of the street of where we grew-up, on Casita Way. Anyone who was around from 1969-1975, will remember that his 2nd oldest son, Brent, and I, were best friends during that time. We remain best friends to this day. Because of that relationship, I got to know Leo in a way that I wouldn't have otherwise. One of the greatest honors of my life, was when he asked me to be an usher at his wedding, when he and Nancy were married.

So, here is what I'll say about Coach Long..... His greatest achievement wasn't winning State in 1970, or coaching Adams and Overton to national records-2 years apart by the way. It wasn't even Rick Brown being the first person to win 2 individual events at the State Meet. Don't get me wrong. Leo played a HUGE role in their performances. They couldn't have done it without him.

But those guys were born with greatness. God blessed them with physical skills, that the rest of us could only dream about. You could see it, by the time they were 10 years old. It's not just Adams, Overton, and Brown. The list is long-Stoecker, Smart, Jakle, Hill, Schneider, Ruble, Owen, etc. etc.

In my mind, Leo's gift, was his willingness to work with guys who you were never going to hear about; guys who were 'OK,' average at best. He was a master at getting you to perform in ways, that you NEVER would have done on your own. In short, he believed in you, more than you believed in yourself. He instilled a mental toughness in every single one of us, which set the foundation for the rest of our lives.

I absolutely believe, that because of the time we spent with Leo; whether it was 4 years, or 50, we grew up to be better husbands, parents, siblings, etc. I have no doubt, that we all realize how fortunate we are to have had such a wonderful person, touch our lives.

Haig Norwood

Class of 1975

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.

FROM THE FAMILY