Charles Leslie “Les” Long, Jr. passed away January 16, 2013 after a short illness. He was 89. Born to Charles L. and Helen A. Long and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Les joined the Army Air Force for the WWII effort where he became a Captain, flew B17s and co-piloted B-29s in the China-Burma-India Theatre and the Pacific. After a plane crash forced an honorable disabled discharge, he became interested in leather work. He earned a degree at San Jose State in 1949, married Veronne Davis the next year, and went on to develop a successful business creating leather craft kits and sandals. He later manufactured medical products.
Les was an active member of the Santa Cruz Rotary, Power Boat Club, Yacht Club and Coast Guard Auxiliary, lending his expertise in business, celestial navigation and boating safety. He learned to sail and acted as crew and navigator in several Transpacific Yacht Races. He played the ukulele well and enjoyed entertaining at various clubs and functions. He and his wife, Veronne retired to Roseburg in 1993 to be near their daughter and grandchildren. He took great effort to educate himself in the financial and health care realms and traveled around the world to do so. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his family and friends and was actively learning until his death. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Driscoll of Santa Cruz; wife, Veronne; daughter, Charlette and husband, Franklin Hykes; daughter, Diane and husband, Don Barrows and grandchildren Donald (Heather), Leslie, Johnathan, Cole and Carolyn. At his request, no services will be held.