MONTICELLO – Eugene “Gene” De Long Sr., 73, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at his daughter’s home in La Union, N.M. He was born Jan. 13, 1940, in Mars Hill, to Lee and Margaret Larson De Long.
“Gene,” as he was fondly known to family and friends, was an avid outdoorsman, who especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, cribbage and gardening. He was an active member of Monticello Fish and Game Club, and participated actively in his community. His other interests were in photography, attending sporting events, four-wheeling and snowmobiling, as well as spending time in the woods and at his camp at 9 Lake. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include one son, Eugene “Chuck” De Long Jr. and wife, Norma, of Harrison Township, Mich.; and two daughters, Elizabeth “Tootie” Bell and husband, Drake, of Hudson, and Lezli De Long-Leyva and husband, Manuel, of La Union, N.M. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, Kristen, Kelly, Lee, Jonathan, Isaac, Laurence, Madison and Liam; four great-grandchildren, Koby, Jadyn, Connor and Carter; five brothers, Vernon, Basil, James, Karl and Keith; and two sisters, Linda Hogan and Susan Folsom. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Sharon; stepdaughter, Laurie; and mother-in-law, Pat. Gene touched many lives and will always be known for his loving and caring nature, as well as his generosity and helpfulness, and will be greatly missed by not only his family, but by numerous friends.
A memorial service will be planned for the summer at Monticello Fish and Game Club, and his cremains will be placed to rest alongside his wife. The family requests that donations be made in memory of Gene to Monticello Fish and Game, attention: Jerome Delong – president, 273 Littleton Station Road, Littleton, ME 04730. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels and Sunset Crematory, 300 East Boutz Road, Las Cruces, N.M. For online condolences log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.