Gale Allen Long passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017 after a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 25, 1941 in Casper, Wyoming, to Elmer L. and Alice M. Long 12 days before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
He attended schools in Casper, Wyoming, and graduated from high school with the class of 1959. Shortly thereafter he joined the U.S. Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina and on the Pacific island of Okinawa.
After his discharge from the Army he attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970. He then went on to attend graduate school at Indiana University.
After tiring of academia he left Indiana, moved to Michigan and operated an oil field service company for several years until an inevitable "bust" shut down the oil exploration business in that part of the country. A Westerner at heart, he then returned to Wyoming in 1991 and was employed by the Bureau of Land Management until his retirement.
Gale was never one to sit back and watch the world go by. He participated in life to the fullest, and over the years he was a SCUBA diver, paratrooper, hunter, cyclist and mountaineer. In his early years he loved custom cars. In later years he collected firearms and loved sailing and flying, owning a couple of sailboats and airplanes for a few years. As a mountaineer one of his favorite areas to climb was the Tetons in northwest Wyoming. His most recent passion, though, was cycling, and he did that until he simply couldn't do it anymore. After moving to Arizona, he loved touring the back country in his beloved Jeep, "Ruby." He pursued all of those activities with dedication and passion, and he excelled at all of them.
Regarding his illness, Gale didn't think of it so much as a "battle" to wage but an obstacle that prevented him from living life as he always had in the past.
Gale married Mary Ann Macy in 1967. That marriage later ended in divorce. He then married Sharon Martinek. She passed away in Casper, Wyoming, in 2009. Gale then married Linda Minor in 2009. They resided in Tucson, Arizona, until his death.
Gale is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Mark Martinek, Megan Kim and Graden Long; as well as numerous grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Gary; and sister, Barbara.
Gale has been cremated and interment in Traverse City will take place at a later date.
Published on August 5, 2017