Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Douglas Long: 1952 ~ 2018

 

Douglas Stewart Long died Friday, March 2, 2018, at his Visalia home, surrounded by family. He was 66.
 
Doug was born January 28, 1952, in Tulare to Walter and Betty Long. He attended Tulare Union High School where he was class president. 
 
After refusing to cut his hair, which jeopardized his college funding, he left school to  pursue a career in music. With friends, he formed a rock-n-roll band, The Skids, and toured Northern California. 
 
A talented songwriter and guitar player, his interests turned to computers and digital music. While working as the head teacher of a technical institute, he met his wife-to-be, Luci. 
 
Doug lived several lives. At age 45, he put himself through law school. He was known for “rockin’ the law” and often helped clients pro bono. 
 
Doug was wildly creative and passionate. His fearless entrepreneurial spirit produced several businesses including computer software programming, advertising, and health supplements.
 
Doug and Luci ventured into the restaurant business when they purchased the old Merryman Station building on Highway 198 near Exeter and, in 2004, opened Orange Blossom Junction, an eatery and concert venue.
 
They had skilled executive chefs who kept the menu fresh, local, and delectable. And through Doug’s connections with the music world, more than a hundred well-known rock artists performed concerts at OBJ, including Tommy Emmanuel, Johnny Winter, Gary Hoey, Ten Years After,
Sonny Landreth, Marty Stuart, and Hal Ketchum. The couple closed the restaurant on April 1, 2012, with a daylong concert.
 
Doug is survived by his large and loving family including his wife and best friend, Luci; their beloved children, Angie, Vince, Gabe, and Chris; two precious granddaughters, Allayna and Alexis; his wonderful siblings, Marilyn, Gerald, David, and Ken; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and fur babies. 
 
On Wednesday, March 14, a rocking celebration of Doug’s life was held at the Tulare United Methodist Church. 
 
In memory of Doug, donations may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias (www.bgcsequoias.org/donate).
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