PASO ROBLES — Billy “Bill” Marlin Long, 86, of Paso Robles died at his home on Dec. 19, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer with his loving family at his side.
Bill was born in Allen, Okla., on Oct. 17, 1926. In 1943 he moved to Los Angeles and worked at Langendorf Bakery until he was drafted into the United States Army. He served as a sergeant in Japan during World War II. In 1948, he moved to Paso Robles where he met his future wife, the former Mary Meeks.
It was at that time he also began his lifelong career of working in the oil business. Bill began working on land rigs throughout California drilling exploratory wells and retired in 1991 as an offshore operations manager from Global Marine Offshore Drilling.
His career took him to countries all over the world such as, Africa, Australia, Greece, Iran, Norway, Scotland, and Sicily, but Paso Robles was always his home.
Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting and outdoor sports and activities. He was a avid supporter and follower of Bearcat sports, NASCAR and he loved country music. He was a member of the Northside Church of Christ in Atascadero and was a life-member of the VFW Post 10965.
He was a loving husband, father, and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a self-taught musician who could play almost any musical instrument. On any given day you could find him picking up his guitar and strumming a tune.
Bill loved working with his hands and there was very little he couldn’t fix or repair. He was a quiet man and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Elva Long, and his son, James Marlin Long.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; daughters, Belinda Falaschi (Dave) and Gwen Welch (Greig); grandchildren, Deanna Pryor (Kelly), Kim Roady (John), Andrea Falaschi, Kelly Mowreader (Eric), Jaime Schaetz (Daniel) and Dan Long; great-grandchildren, Jorden Welch-Davis, Grace Roady, Taylor King, Vanessa Mowreader, Devin Mowreader and Hayden Roady; brother, Kenneth Long; sisters, Imogene Dickenson and June Sharp, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service is planned for Thursday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Paso Robles District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the Northside Church of Christ, 3205 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422, in memory of Bill.For the complete article see the 12-28-2012 issue.
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