Jeffrey Steven Long

Dec 20, 1960 - Oct 7, 2021

Obituary

Jeffrey Steven Long, age 60, passed away October 7th, 2021 surrounded by his wife, mother, father, sister, two sons, and parish priest. Jeff was born to Judy and Steve Long on December 20, 1960.
Jeff was a very joyful and peaceful person. Jeff’s life was defined by the motto “Love God, Love others.” His humor and cheerfulness were always an encouragement to others.
As a child, Jeff loved spending time with his dad at Indian Guides, a father-son organization. As an adult, he often said he was glad it was an organization that focused on the father-son relationship. Jeff loved the outdoors, hiking, back-packing, climbing, and camping. He passed on this love he received from his dad to his own children in the form of many day hikes and camping trips.

During elementary school Jeff spent time playing sports at the YMCA and was part of the Pleasant Hill Baseball Association. When Jeff was 13, he and 4 other boys set the Guinness world record for continuously playing Monopoly in a tree house (100 hours) to raise money for an injured youth.

In High School, Jeff was part of the ski team. He graduated from Ponderosa High School in 1979 and from Trinity Life Bible College in 1998.

Jeff and Rebecca met in 1983 at Capital Christian Center where Jeff was doing an internship to become an Assemblies of God pastor. Their friendship developed slowly and they eventually fell in love in the Fall of 1986. They married June 27, 1987. They went on to have three sons and five daughters.
Jeff and Rebecca entered the Catholic Church in 1997 and began attending the Traditional Latin Mass. They have been active members of St. Stephen the First Martyr parish since its founding in 2003.
Jeff had many varied jobs throughout his life. From 1991 to 1997 he worked for Bosco and Company Entertainment as a clown, magician, puppeteer, etc. After leaving Bosco and Co., he continued giving clown and magic shows throughout the years for friends, parish parties, and fundraisers. In 1997 he made the switch to local delivery driving and in 2013 he graduated with his CDL. Soon afterwards he went on to work for Westside Transportation Company, where he received the Driver of the Year award in 2018.

Jeff loved spending time with family and friends. He had a passion for cooking and enjoyed sharing his expertise with everyone. He loved all kinds of music, but in the last 10 years his tastes turned to mostly classical and, more often than not, Beethoven, Vivaldi, or Bach would be playing in the background while he cooked. His other hobbies included hiking, playing disc golf and watching or attending Raiders and A’s games. In his spare time, he could almost always be found with the Bible or another theological book in his hands.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rebecca Long, son Anthony, (Sarah), son Michael, (Hannah), son Kaleb, daughter Hannah Nesbitt, (Joshua), daughter Olivia Seedorf (Brandon), daughters Julia, Maria, and Cecilia, parents Judy and Steve Long, sister Susan Ceci (Sam), niece McCall, and five grandchildren.
Rosary will take place Saturday October 16, 2021 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish – 5461 44th St, Sacramento, CA 95820. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 6509 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95820 at 10 AM Monday October 18th. All are welcome to attend.

NB: Mass is in Latin and there are booklets to follow along. (Homily is in English). Traditionally, church attire and dark colors are worn. For those who wish to wear one, masks will be provided in the foyer. The family requests that you consider wearing a mask if you have no known immunity.
As a courtesy to those who live far away, or have any symptoms preventing them from attending, or are just more comfortable praying with us from home, we will be attempting to live stream the services via this link.
The Mass will also be recorded.
Memorials in lieu of flowers to your choice of:
St. Bernadette Fund – for parishioners in need at St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish 5461 44th St, Sacramento, CA 95820 www.sacfssp.com
Sacramento Life Center – for women and babies in need www.saclife.org

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Guestbook

  • Cindy Smiley says:

    Thinking of your family in this difficult time.

  • John Riley says:

    Thinking of your family at this time. May God give you piece during this time.Jeff was a good person and friend, also one of my better co drivers.

  • Shari Myers says:

    Rebecca and family, so sorry for your loss! Praying for you all. I have many great memories of you and Jeff. May God’s peace and comfort be upon you during this difficult grieving time and in the months to come! Love you!

  • Meghan Bardin says:

    The Bardin family gives our condolences and prayers.

  • Shana Hardy says:

    Roy and I send our prayers and condolences to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. May God comfort and console you during this time.
    Sincerely,
    Roy and Shana Hardy ( Shari Myers sister)

  • Brendan Murphy says:

    Prayers for the Long Family and the repose of Jeff’s soul. What a blessing to have known, prayed, laughed and discussed every topic under the sun with him. Such a good man.

  • Marianne Morton says:

    My thoughts and prayers are forever for you and Jeff. He was such a good and kind man. Eternal rest grant into him, and may purpetual light shine upon him, and may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. May God’s peace and love be with you always.

  • JD & Tammy Maher says:

    All our family mourns your loss as we prayed for Jeff’s healing and restoration to you all. It’s only in eternity that God’s will and understanding will be revealed. His family is a beautiful legacy to a life well lived in faith, hope and love. We pray for you all and your comfort in the days ahead dealing with such a difficult separation. It’s a reminder that we need to stay focused on eternity. God comfort you all in his Sacred Heart.

  • Del and Nora Crum says:

    Dear ones, we will never know God’s reason for taking his loved one home but we’ll understand one day as we join him in eternity. Jeff will be missed so very much by all the Long family and friends. We grieve with you, not for Jeff for he is in his happy place but for all his loved ones left behind.

  • Scott and Michelle Hansen says:

    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May loving memories of Jeff ease your loss and bring you comfort. And may you experience the peace of Christ that passes all understanding

  • Jeff was SUCH a joy and blessing to have as my student at Trinity Life Bible College ( now EPIC Bible College & Graduate School). The photo you chose CERTAINLY represents his love for and joy in the Lord. We have had him and his precious family on our prayer board since we first heard. We love you all much in the Lord.

  • Cynthia Atkinson-Nelson says:

    Our family, and many others, were standing in the authority of Jesus, stating the fact that ‘by His stripes’ Jeffrey was healed, claiming his total healing, speaking to Jeffrey’s body to receive the manifestation of the Lord’s provision for the healing, asking Holy Spirit to call on Jeffrey to remove that ventilator and rise up and walk! Suddenly, Jeffrey was making good progress, and then–we heard Jeffrey was gone. We were radically ‘saved’ in 1982 & look forward to our reunion in heaven!

  • Garna (Sproull) Johnson says:

    So sorry for your loss. All my prayers go out to you all. Jeff was a wonderful person and he will be missed.

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