Obituary: Melvin I. Long |

Obituary: Melvin I. Long

Special to the DailyMelvin I. Long

Melvin I. Long passed away April 8, 2012, after a brief illness. The second of 10 children, Melvin was raised in Nebraska, and later Kremmling. He served proudly in the military, with the 709th Engineer Petroleum Distribution Company, during the China Burma Campaigns.

After returning from the service, Melvin married Frances Marshall, the couple lived in Kremmling, where Melvin worked at a local sawmill while Frances worked for the bank. The couple had two sons, Thomas and Curtis, and later moved to the Marshall family ranch, north of Silverthorne. On the ranch, Melvin and Frances raised two sons, dozens of horses, thousands of calves, scores of barn cats and even the occasional duck over the years.

He supplemented the family income in the early days by maintaining the phone line for a local phone company from Heeney to the old town of Dillon. Melvin served on the Summit County School Board for 24 years before retiring from that endeavor. During his tenure, he worked to ensure the district could accommodate the influx of students, which came because of the construction of Dillon Reservoir. Preceded in death by his wife, Frances and son, Curtis; Melvin spent his final years on the ranch tending after his bulldog Roxy, several cats and a few horses, having ranched in the Lower Blue Valley for over 60 years.

Never short on conversation or tall tales, Melvin enjoyed recounting his time in the Army to family, friends, neighbors and anyone else who would listen.

Survived by his son, Tom Long (Peggy); three granddaughters, Valerie Connelly (Shawn), Becky Long and Josie Suk (Geoff); and two great-grandsons, Marshall Connelly and Tyson Suk.

Cards and letters may be sent to: The Long Family, PO Box 1577, Silverthorne, CO 80498. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Melvin’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association (

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