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Obituary: Richard Kenneth Long

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Richard Kenneth Long 1944 ~ 2005 Richard Kenneth Long, 60, of Provo, UT; Seattle, WA; Midland, MI; Herndon, VA; Miami, FL; Encinitas, CA: and Yosemite, CA passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2005. Rich was born on February 28, 1944 in San Francisco, CA to Kenneth H. and Lura Marie Long. While attending BYU on a baseball scholarship, he met his future wife Sue Ann Davis and was stunned by her vivacity and beauty. Soon after, he joined the LDS church. Rich and Sweet Sue were married in the Los Angeles Temple on June 5th, 1965. Through love and patience, they were blessed with eight children, five of whom were adopted. Rich adored his grandchildren and looked forward to their visits. Rich worked in Public Relations for Dow Chemical Company for nearly 25 years and Weyerhaeuser for six years. He traveled extensively in his work, had been on six continents and had friends all over the world. In 1988 and 1991 he won the Silver Anvil award, the highest award in public relations. Most recently he was the associate chair of undergraduate studies for the BYU Communications Department where he taught classes in public relations and media and public policy. His research at BYU focused on crisis communication and school violence and he created a handbook to help school officials coordinate information during a crisis. In 2003 he was awarded the Raymond and Ida Lee Beckham Lectureship. One of his favorite class assignments was to have his classes write his obituary. He was an avid genealogist and many Provo temple workers know of him through the temple work that his family, friends and students did on his behalf. Over the years Rich served in many church callings including scoutmaster, three bishoprics, several high council positions, and most recently with the BYU 4th Stake. Rich was passionate about teaching and mentoring youth and was able to positively influence thousands of lives throughout the world. Rich is survived by his adoring wife Sue Ann, his brother Robert Long of Rancho Cordova, CA; his children Kristin (Mark) Long Pikus of Thousand Oaks, CA; Brady (Amy) Long of Pearland, TX; Martin (Kerensa) Long of North Bend, WA; Cheryl (Jason) Barfuss of Orem, UT; Pamela Long of Orem, UT; Natalie (Colby) Burr of Montrose, CO; Stacie (Martin) Glass of Orem, UT; Clinton Long of Provo, UT; and his grandchildren Parker Long, William Lundh Pikus, Alex Long, Madison Burr, Jacob Long, Mackenzie Burr, and Ruth Glass. Visitation services will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E 800 N, Orem. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, 2005 in the Edgemont Stake Center, 303 W. 3700 N., Provo. Interment will take place at the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 North 650 East, in Provo. In lieu of flowers donations will gladly be accepted for the Rich Long Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be sent to the Department of Communications at BYU. Donations are also accepted online at www.ldsfoundation.org or by contacting LDS Foundation at 801-422-4444 or 800-525-8074. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerfamilymortuaries.com