GREENUP — David Mason Long, 62, of Temecula, Calif., formerly of Wurtland, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. David was born in Ashland on Feb. 19, 1950, to Edgar Mason Long and Ruth Rose Long, who preceded him in death in 2005 and 2012 respectively.
David graduated from Wurtland High School in 1968. After attending Morehead State University, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he achieved the rank of corporal and received the Rifle Expert Badge and the National Defense Service Medal.
Growing up in Greenup County, David was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who also won numerous awards for his marksmanship as a youth. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, where he earned a number of accolades. One of the highlights of his teen years was going on a Scout trip to Camp Philmont in New Mexico. After his military service, David pursued his outdoor interests by becoming a certified scuba diver where he enjoyed photographing marine life. His love for southern California drew him to make the area his home after his honorable discharge from the Marines.
David is survived by his wife, Janet Machado Long; the joy of his life, his daughter, Dena (John) Axton of Temecula; and his sister, Anita (Brad) Ream; and nieces, Chelsea and Molly Ream of Shelby, Ohio. He is also survived by numerous friends and family.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his nephew, Mason Ream in 2006.
On Oct. 15, a memorial service and wake will be held in California for David’s friends and family before he makes his journey home to Kentucky. His Kentucky friends may call at Wright’s Funeral Home in Greenup on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. David’s cousin and best childhood friend, Bill Oakes, will preside over the funeral at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Brick Union Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial expressions be made to the Mason Ream Memorial Scholarship in memory of Mason’s “Uncle Dave.” Contributions can be sent to The Shelby Foundation, 142 North Gamble, Suite F, Shelby, OH 44875. Checks should be made to The Shelby Foundation with Mason Ream Scholarship written on the memo line.
Condolences to the family may be made at wrightsfuneralhome.com.