Daniel Steven Long
February 14, 1950 – February 26, 2021
Daniel Steven Long passed away February 26, 2021, at the age of 71 years old. He was born on February 14, 1950, in Los Angeles, California, to Eugene and Conchita Long. Dan was the third of five children. He spent his youth in the Los Angeles area going to the beach to body surf with his dad and carried a love of the ocean throughout his life.
He graduated from Montebello High School in the class of 1968. Dan married Diane Simpson on August 20, 1977. The couple made their first home in Huntington Beach, California, while Dan worked for Valley Industrial. They then moved to Valencia, Burbank, Riverside, and Carson City, before finally making a home in Chico, California, with their four sons. Dan worked for Mission Linen for 19 years before retiring in 2015.
Dan was a loving husband and father. He adored his wife, Diane, and their 43-year marriage was one that their children hope to emulate. He coached several of his boys’ baseball teams and instilled strong family values and an old-school style of respect and chivalry in his children.
In his years with Mission Linen, Dan was a successful salesman, using his charm and humor to persuade clients and win accounts. He will be remembered fondly by coworkers who appreciated his approachability and kindness. He established regular “safety meetings” that conveniently took place after a long day’s work and were held at Riley’s.
Dan enjoyed golfing throughout his life and some of his best times were spent on Bidwell Golf Course with his friends and hosting his annual Wide-Eyed Classic tournament every July. He also liked to walk in Bidwell Park with a group of close friends.
He was a people person and he loved when his house was filled with family and friends. He would often be at the center of the party telling a story or a joke and have everyone there crying with laughter. His grandchildren remember him as a huge softy who would buy ice cream and popsicles to slip them for breakfast or lunch when parents weren’t looking.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Conchita; his sister, Kelly; and his brother, Jeff.
Dan will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Diane; his brother, Gene; his sister, Kathy; his children, Christopher and his wife, Melanie, John and his wife, Holly, Brian and his wife, Melissa, and Patrick and his wife, Tara; his grandchildren, Abigail, Andrew, Matthew, Brenna, Jacob, Colin, Declan, Brayden, Jackson, Ailey, and Elsie; his many nieces and nephews; and countless friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Daniel Long at stjude.org
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Daniel Steven Long
Boyd and Lynn Halvorsen
March 17, 2021
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us everyday,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
We will always hold you in our hearts. You are a treasured friend.