Donald “Don” Long, 52, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Sunday, November 3, 2013 at his home. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 9 at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, November 8 at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Working Families’ Friend, Donald Long Memorial, 1021 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105.
Donald was born October 26, 1961 in Harrisonville, Missouri, the son of Oliver and Neola L. (Oskee) Long. He was a lifelong Harrisonville resident and a 1980 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He was united in marriage to Sharon M. Kelley on March 23, 1991 at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville.
He started work at Honeywell after high school and attended night school at Longview Community College, earning his Associate’s Degree in Business. Donald was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 778 and was the current secretary/treasurer of Local 778, first elected in 2008.
Donald was chairman of the Cass County Democratic Committee, elected in 2010. He was a Missouri State Democratic Committeeman; a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention; past chairman of the 31st Democratic Senatorial Committee; past chairman of the 124th Democratic Legislative District. He was elected Cass County Democrat of the Year in 2007.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville; Cass Masonic Lodge No. 147, Harrisonville; Ararat Shrine, Kansas City, Missouri. He was also a member of Bayard Chapter No. 179 Order of Eastern Star and was a former board member of the Harrisonville Rainbow Girls. He was a former president of the WAVE Soccer Club.
Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Neola Long. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of the home; one son, Levi Long; one daughter, Samantha Johnston and husband, Brian; his father, Oliver Long; one brother, Mark Long and wife, Kim; a brother-in-law, Jon Kelley and his wife, Peggy, and 4 grandchildren, Jayden, Karter, Maddox and Leylah Johnston, all of Harrisonville, Missouri.