Services Thursday in memory of Dr. J. Robert Long, 1923-2015

Family and friends will gather in West Seattle on Thursday to remember Dr. J. Robert Long. Here is the remembrance his family is sharing:

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Dr. J. Robert Long, born May 19, 1923, peacefully passed away in Seattle March 6, 2015.

He obtained his Doctorate of Education from the University of Washington. He was a life-long educator/administrator at West Seattle High School, Seattle University, University of Washington, and Shoreline Community College. He was dedicated to always being available to serve students.

He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the South Pacific. As a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, he led the meteorology unit in Okinawa.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mercedes Long; his four children: Kathie Salonen (Bob), Bob Long, Sherrie Williams (John); and Kristie Farnworth (Steve). He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew him for his positive outlook. He always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. Above all else his primary dedication was to his family.

Services will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 2 pm, 6701 30th Ave. SW. Graveside services to follow. Reception to follow at Boulevard Park Place, 2825 S 125th St.

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4 Replies to "Services Thursday in memory of Dr. J. Robert Long, 1923-2015"

  • Neil Snow March 9, 2015 (6:04 pm)

    Dear Mercedes and all,

    My sympathy to you all on Bob’s passing. You all were great neighbors to have growing up on SW Orchard Street.

    Again, my sympathies and with warm memories from the 60s and 70s.

    Neil Snow (Pittsburg, KS)

  • Kathie Long Salonen March 10, 2015 (12:07 am)

    Thanks Neil for response. Gosh I remember babysitting for you. Dad was a great guy! I will miss him.

  • Sherrie Long Williams March 10, 2015 (9:36 pm)


    Thank you so much. Miss my Dad so much, but he is in a much better place. Hope all is well with you and again thank you for your caring response.


  • Pat Long March 11, 2015 (5:44 pm)

    I have great memories of your whole family. It was always a treat to go visit you folks in the “big City” when we lived in Moses Lake. I look forward to seeing you all at the service.

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