The family moved to Fort Dick, where his father established a blacksmith’s shop and lived in the “old Tomasini house” before purchasing land in Gasquet where Dale began his fourth grade year and his first employment, becoming the school janitor. He was paid $5 a month.
Taught a good work ethic, Dale always had an after-school job.
He graduated from Del Norte High with the Class of 1955 and then joined the Navy, serving aboard the USS Yorktown.
On May 21, 1960, he married Ruth Kemp in the Federated Church in Crescent City.
A year later, Dale enrolled at the Oregon Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in engineering. To help finance his schooling, he worked as a janitor on campus and at a gas station in Klamath Falls.
Dale and Ruth’s son, Edward “Ted” Long, was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., on May 11, 1962.
The family then returned to Crescent City where Dale joined his brother, Roger in the family business, Fashion Blacksmith.
After the ’64 tsunami, Dale and Roger purchased property on Parkway Drive. At this new facility they began building steel fishing boats.
Once the harbor was restored, they rented the boat facilities there and focused on building and repairing steel fishing boats and other types of sea-faring vessels.
Dale enjoyed the eight years he served as a Crescent City Councilman. He was a member of the Toastmasters, Elks Club, DNC Historical Society and Jaycees, where he served several years as the Master of Ceremonies for the Jaycee’s Junior Miss Pageant.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth; his son, Ted (Deb) Long; two grandsons, Joshua (Joanne) Long, and Christopher Long; and two great-grandchildren, Brett Hunter Long and Natalee Ann Long. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia (Bob) Stennett; his brother, Roger (Pauline) Long; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Lesley Kemp of Folsom; and sister-in-law, Nadine Robson, sister-in-law June Long.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward “Ted” Long and Christine “Tina” Bahnsen Long; and brother Jerry of Windsor, Calif.
The family prefers donations to the Del Norte County Historical Society, 577 H St., Crescent City, and the Del Norte Commercial Fisherman’s Wives Association, 240 Arnett St., Crescent City.
Private services will be held for family and close friends with interment at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Crescent City. There will be a gathering of family and friends for a fellowship honoring Dale at a later date. Date, time and location will be announced soon.
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.