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Wayne Long

Wayne Hamilton Long passed away peacefully at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on March 17. He was 93.

Mr. Long was born in Kansas City, Mo., where he spent his early days playing in the park across the street from his house with his brother and sister.

As a young man, Mr. Long helped with his father’s sign-painting business until World War II, when he enlisted in the Army and became an X-ray technician. He served in the Army until the end of World War II and then returned to his father’s sign business.

Mr. Long retired to Grass Valley in the late 1970s to enjoy the peaceful foothills with his brother and sister. Always a very gentle and generous person, Mr. Long was constantly concerned for his fellow man’s well being and how one could improve one’s life. He was very private, yet, later in life he took an interest in philanthropy as he grew more concerned about the direction we were heading in, both nationally and globally.

Mr. Long was active and playful and was often seen with his caregiver’s children seated in his wheelchair as he pushed them around. He would frequently give long lectures to whomever would listen about the importance of eating right, exercising, driving safely, global politics, and how difficult it is to find good bananas around here.

Mr. Long is survived by his brother, Paul. He will be missed by his family of caregivers: Kim, Paul, Gladys, Diana, Diane, Ken, Ginny, Carole and Andy and all the people he touched through his generosity. Perhaps most of all, he will be missed by his friend, Clarence, whom Wayne visited and cheered up almost weekly, despite the long and difficult trip to Clarence’s nursing home.

His family and friends hope that Mr. Long has found a place where there is plenty of soy, very little corn, where all the cars are yellow and politicians do the right thing.

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