Marion Nelson “Bud” Long

Marion Nelson “Bud” Long

Cumby, Hopkins County, Texas, USA
Death 23 Sep 2005 (aged 90)
Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID 11857107 · View Source
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Nov. 2, 1914-Sept. 23, 2005

Marion Nelson Long, age 90, died peacefully in his sleep in his home in Carlsbad, on Friday, September 23, 2005 after struggling with the effects of a heart attack, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Marion, known to everyone as Bud, was born in Cumby, Texas on November 2, 1914 and spent his childhood years in Hugo, Oklahoma with his sisters, Buna Recordon, Naomi Ousley, and the late Velma Bacon. He arrived in San Diego in 1932, later joining the U.S. Navy in 1934. His early Navy service years were spent in France and Spain. He was honorably discharged in December of 1937. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Bud reenlisted on January 13, 1942. His duty to serve his country during a time of war was a source of pride to him. During these years with the Navy he spent time in Panama and the South Pacific, including Tutuila, American Samoa as well as San Diego and Long Beach. Bud became a part of our nation's history in that he was one of many sailors involved in both the Spanish Revolution and World War II. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1945. He joined the Army Reserve in 1950, serving at Ft. Rosecrans, and was honorably discharged in 1951. Upon his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1936, Bud joined Millmen's Local 2020 in San Diego. One of his earliest jobs was with San Diego Screen Door Company, where he began a lifelong career in the building industry. After returning from his second tour of duty with the Navy following World War II, Bud joined the post-war building boom, working as a journeyman saw operator for some of the busiest contractors in San Diego. Some of the more notable projects he worked on included the housing tracts in Serra Mesa, Clairemont, Allied Gardens, and San Carlos, where his boss named one of the streets after him. Bud also helped build some of the first modern Safeway stores in the area as well as the office buildings of the General Dynamics plant on Kearny Mesa. As a member of Local 2020, Bud rose from a board member to assistant business agent working for the good of the general membership. Seeing a need for improvement in the affairs of the Local, he ran for office and was elected Financial Secretary of the union office. He served in this capacity as well as business agent for the District Council of Carpenters of San Diego for over 20 years. He was a member of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council for many years as well as the Union Representative for the Mill-cabinet apprenticeship program. He negotiated improvements in health and welfare benefits in addition to improved wages and working conditions for members in the cabinet and fixture shops and lumber and truss yards throughout San Diego County. Through his encouragement and leadership both of Mr. Long's sons and many of his nephews have worked in the building trades. Bud retired from the industry in 1978. Bud is survived by his wife of 61 years, Delphine; his sons, Kenneth of Carlsbad; Robert with his wife Sue, of San Diego; and favorite daughter, Tamara, with husband Dan Cocco of Cardiff. He leaves five grandchildren, Andrew Long, Kelly Unruh and her husband Sasha Unruh, Dan Cocco, Jr., Robert Cocco and his wife Monique Cocco and Tracy Cocco Hill and her husband Jesse Hill and one great-grandchild, Jason Martinez. Haley Cocco, another great-grandchild, is due at any moment. Bud leaves countless nieces and nephews, along with his sisters Buna Recordon and Naomi Ousley. Bud loved his family, his home, his garden and his dog, Buddy. In addition to his work life, he pursued many different hobbies. He was a beekeeper, a hunter, and a fisherman. He grew avocado trees on land he had purchased on Mt. Helix. He fashioned his own fishing poles and built the beehive boxes, which he painted shocking pink and bright green. For a short time, he raised Samoyed dogs and rabbits. He cultivated orchids in his backyard, along with tomatoes, squash and greens. He loved to cook and he could carve meats with the skill of a butcher. Bud was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, great uncle and great great uncle. He had many friends and neighbors, who along with his family, will miss him forever. Service and inurment will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Military Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego, California, on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. A celebration of his life will follow the service at his daughter's home in Cardiff.

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