Gary Allen Long October 2, 1965 ~ March 30, 2022
Gary Allen Long, loving husband and father, son and brother fought a courageous battle of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Gary passed away on March 30, 2022, in Pueblo West, CO surrounded by family.
Gary was born on October 2, 1965, in Glenwood Springs, CO. Gary spent much of his life traveling throughout the world as part of his decorated military career, retiring from the United States Marine Corps in 2006 with the rank of Master Sergeant, serving 22 years
Gary enjoyed his most recent years as a resident of Pueblo West, CO. His favorite pastimes were spending time with family, camping, traveling, and finding humor wherever it hid.
He was always good for an encouraging word and a smile, his vibrant spirit radiating among those lucky enough to call him “family” or “friend.”
Gary had a very fun-loving personality always making jokes and enjoyed a good laugh. Gary always wanted to take the scenic route and loved driving.
Gary loved good food and was a terrific cook. He was generous and service oriented. He wasn’t perfect and was as stubborn as they come but worked hard, gave freely, kept chivalry alive, held onto his faith tightly and loved with his whole heart.
He is survived by his loving wife, Christine Long of CO, children Luke (Kelly) Long of TX, Clint (Claire) Long of TX, Kyle Marian of UT, Ashley (Den) Jones of UT, Kayla (Skylar) Perkins of UT, Cody Long of UT, Amber Marian of CO, Cheyenne Long of UT, Ryklinn Long of CO, mother Linda Long of CO, siblings Mike Long of NV, Sheila (Randy) Hoffman, and Celeste (Drew ) Avery of ID, as well as seven grandkids, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents John and Edith Long and Robert and Dorothy Hostetter, and father Nelson (Rocky) Long.
Funeral services for Gary Allen Long are Friday, April 8, 2022, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pueblo West, CO, with a viewing from 9 to 10 a.m. and funeral to follow.
They will conclude Saturday, April 9, 2022 in Blanding, with a viewing at San Juan Mortuary from 10 to 11 a.m. and graveside services at the Blanding Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.