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Chase Verwolf
April 12, 1992 ~
January 10, 2019
Date of Service: January 23, 2019

Lori Murdoch
December 4, 1968 ~
January 18, 2019
Date of Service: January 23, 2019

Louise Bates
March 15, 1942 ~
January 21, 2019
Date of Service: January 24, 2019

Ann Pilgeram
January 28, 1927 ~
January 17, 2019

Leola Brelsford
March 22, 1935 ~
January 15, 2019

Eugene Brodeur
September 14, 1938 ~
January 13, 2019

Marilyn A. Carter
January 16, 1939 ~
January 12, 2019

Donald Lutz
September 20, 1951 ~
January 12, 2019

James Parks
January 27, 1973 ~
January 11, 2019

Mary Simmons
January 25, 1926 ~
January 10, 2019


Gary Long

January 16, 1943 ~ May 06, 2018

Gary Alan Long was born in Bellingham, Washington, on January 16, 1943, to Gene and Rita Long.  He joined the Navy with his parents' approval at age 17.  His desire was to be an "UDT" diver, so he trained for scuba and hard hat diving.  After leaving the Navy, he moved to the Seattle area and worked for General Construction, eventually going into business with Garrison 8 Divers Corporation. 

Gary traveled extensively laying pipelines in places like Hoover Dam, New York, Iowa, Alaska, the Bahamas and Mexico. At the same time, he bought his own septic tank truck and started Gary's Septic Service staying in business for over 30 years.

While working in New York, he decided to get his private pilot's license and shortly after bought his first airplane.  Gary was also an experienced sky diver with 1,880 jumps to his name.  He jumped for accuracy, competition, and for charity making as many as 100 jumps in a single day. 

Gary loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter of deer, elk, and moose. He also enjoyed fishing.

Gary and his wife, Denise, moved to Manhattan, Montana, permanently in 2016 after spending every summer there for five years. They had just finished building their forever home in October.

Gary is survived by his wife, Denise; sons, Troy and Jamie Long of Seattle; daughter, Katie Erickson of Sumner; four granddaughters and one grandson; his brother, Dale; and sister-in-law, Diane Long of Bellingham; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be at a later date.

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