Skip Long was born to Jim Madiera Millard Long II and Lorraine Long on July 24, 1953 in Chicago, IL. Madiera Millard Long III, known as Skip, was the fourth of five boys, Mark, Jim, Larry, Skip and Benchley.
He died on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the age of 65 after years of illnesses and surprising recoveries.
Skip was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Mark and Benchley.
He is survived by his first wife, Vicky Long and his son Jordan and daughter Lori and several beautiful grandchildren. He is also survived by his second wife of 20 years, Dixie Miles, now Olsen, and their only surviving child John (Jennifer) Long and their two daughters, Emily and Grace. He came to Washington to visit them and John came to California as often as he could to see his dad, especially due to the many serious hospitalizations over the past years.
He is also survived by his two brothers Jim (Susan) Long and Larry (Durena) Long, their children, grandchildren and the wives, children and grandchildren of Mark and Benchley.
His love and laughter was treasured by his three beautiful children, Lori, Jordan, John and their many grandchildren.
Skip was his father’s namesake. His dad made boats and dune buggies for his boys. They had horses and were forever tanned.
He played the guitar beautifully and had a voice that was sweet to the ears. He was a strong and gentle caregiver and a very skillful driver of big rigs. No one was ever a better pool monster.
The family of John Miles Sr. wishes to honor Skip for his loving care during their father’s six months of terminal lung cancer. Skip was the first to recognize John’s need for care. Skip felt “called” to John Sr.’s care. We are forever grateful.
Here’s to believing the story of the prodigal son applied to Skip as he entered Heaven. The Father ran to him with open arms and Skip received the love and acceptance was changed in the twinkling of an eye!
“He who is forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47
No more sorrow, no more pain, in the peace and comfort and joy of God’s presence forever.