Born August 18th, 1939, in Placerville, California, Robert Lloyd Long passed away September 10th, 2013, in Grants Pass, Oregon, following a brief battle with cancer. Bob, as he was better known, was a past member of the Crescent City Elk’s BPOE #1689 and a former member of Crescent City’s V.F.W. Post 1381, where he once served as Commander.
The last time I saw Bob was an early morning in 1984, after he had called to ask if I could process the half-dozen rolls 35mm film he had taken of at murder-crime, from the night before. A couple was stabbed to death in what was eventually was found to involve drugs.
The odd thing is — I knew the murdered couple. I’d met them about three-years earlier, when I was living with a girlfriend, who was into marijuana and speed.
About the only thing I remember about them is that he was in a wheelchair. I left Del Norte permanently a few months later, so I never found out if their deaths were solved or not.
One of my favorite memories of Deputy Long came when I was a kid of 11 or 12 years old. He was trying to catch an intoxicated female who had stripped down to her nothings and was splashing around in the fountain at Tsunami Landing.
Not to be out foxed, Bob yanked off his boots and uniform pants and his boxer-shorts and uniform shirt, waded into the water to corral the fem-fatale. If I’m not mistaken Wally Griffin took a picture of him busily chasing this ‘nutty broad’ around the fountain.
He solved a lot of criminal cases and many homicides during his 35-plus years in law enforcement. Bob also served as Chief of Police in the Oregon towns of Union, Gold Beach, Aumsville and Rogue River, also as Chief of Police for Tulelake, California.
I will miss him.