1921 — Oct. 20, 2010
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James H. Long of Somerset, Calif., passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones on Oct. 20, 2010, at the age of 89. Jim was born in Brainerd, Minn., in 1921. After growing up in Minnesota, his family moved to Santa Monica, Calif., where he graduated from Santa Monica High School. Then in 1939 his family settled in Lodi.
During World War II Jim served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corp stationed in Saipan. He did aerial photography of bombing missions in addition to working in the photo laboratory.
At the conclusion of the war Jim attended the University of the Pacific and earned a degree in education. In 1948 he began a career at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento that lasted 29 years. At McClatchy he briefly taught English and then found his true calling as a guidance councilor. Because of his genuine concern and supportive advice, the students at McClatchy High knew they always had an ally in Mr. Long. He constantly found joy over the years bumping into his ex-students who often recognized him where ever he went.
In 1949 Jim met and married the love of his life, Ruth, and they shared their love for 61 years. The two of them never ran out of topics to chat about. They were best friends with a marriage most people only dream of. Soon after retirement they moved from Sacramento to a home with a little land to tend to in a quiet foothill community that Ruth still calls home.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; his daughter, Mary; and granddaughter, Melony. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Eunice and son, James (Jimmy) Long.
The family conducted a private burial service and asks that all remembrances be made in Jim’s name to Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.