Leonard LeRoy Long of Nounan Valley, Idaho, passed away due to acute renal failure on Sept. 16, 2018. He was 79.
Born in Sheridan, Wyo., Long bounced around during his formative years and later worked on several ranches in Bear Lake County and near Cokeville in high school. He graduated from Montpelier High School and moved to Butte, Mont., to work for the Anaconda Co. While in Montana, he studied mechanical engineering at the Montana State School of Mines in Butte and met his wife Judy Burland. They had three kids. Long went on to have two more children in separate relationships. In 1972, he met Judy Probart Met and later began a lifelong partnership.
Long was a hard-worker and worked various trades. Long worked under Lanny Weston as a ranch hand, returning to the trade he enjoyed in high school. Long was an excellent horse trainer, farrier and horse and cattle handler. He returned to horses after working for a helmet company. Long and Probart Met worked as part-time range riders for Maple Canyon Cattle Assn. and Bailey Creek Cattle Assn. It was after this that he bought a small ranch where he would spend the rest of his life.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Schwab-Matthews Mortuary, 702 Clay St., Montpelier, Idaho. There will be a potluck lunch and a bull session after the service at the Senior Center in Montpelier.