ANDREW EDWARD LONG Nov. 17, 1924–Sept. 23, 2013
Andrew Edward Long was born Nov. 17, 1924 in Bartlesville, Okla., to Wesley Brooks Long and Annis Marie Henderson.
He passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at the Veterans Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Bonnie J. Scott Long; his son, Timothy E. Long of Santa Fe; and his daughter, Andra J. Long Riordan of Albuquerque; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Andy served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and, like most Oklahomans of the time, put food on the table by hunting rabbit, squirrel, deer, pheasant and duck, usually taking his son, Tim, from an early age. They continued hunting in northern New Mexico for deer and elk, and later in life regularly fished in the Ruidoso area as well as Fenton Lake in the Jemez mountains near Los Alamos.
Andy moved to Los Alamos in 1961 as a salesman for Noxon Construction Co. in White Rock. In 1965, he opened the first real estate office in Los Alamos County. He has served as Director of the Realtors Association of New Mexico, President of the Santa Fe Board of Realtors and the Los Alamos Board of Realtors, as well as salesman of the year for both the Santa Fe and Los Alamos boards. He was also appointed by Gov. Bruce King to head the New Mexico Real Estate Commission for eight years in the 1970s until his retirement.
Andy dedicated his efforts, and those of his wife, Bonnie, son Tim and daughter Andra, to the development of the first planned-unit development in New Mexico, Ponderosa Pines in Los Alamos; The Trinity Square Professional Plaza on Trinity Drive, building more than 200 homes as Western States Builders Inc., and in developing and leasing the commercial district of White Rock as SunLife Developers Inc. The Village commercial area included many office buildings, apartments, townhomes and The Village Shopping Plaza.
Andy also developed subdivisions in Joplin, Missouri and Hueneme Bay, Calif., as well as condos, municipal buildings and factories throughout New Mexico. He and Bonnie retired in 1980 to Austin, Texas, returning to New Mexico to be closer to their children in 1999.
A memorial service for Andy will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Dewey Cemetery in Dewey, Okla.