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Funeral Services for Former Mayor Lenwood Long

Lenwood Long (center) accepts an award on behalf of his work with the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum in 2009. Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley (left) and Perris Mayor Daryl Busch (right) flank Mr. LongLenwood Long (center) accepts an award on behalf of his work with the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum in 2009. Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley (left) and Perris Mayor Daryl Busch (right) flank Mr. Long.

Funeral services for former Perris Mayor Lenwood Long will be held Tuesday, July 6, at Bethel AME Church and the one-time Marine Corps drill instructor will be buried with full military honors at Riverside National Cemetery.

Mr. Long, 80, died June 26 from injuries he suffered when his car was struck broadside by a motorcyclist, who was also killed in the accident.

A viewing for Mr. Long will take place at 9 a.m. July 6 at Bethel AME, 24480 Sophie Street.

Burial will follow immediately at the National Cemetery.
Perris residents expressed condolences about Mr. Long’s passing on the City’s facebook page.

Mr. Long served on the Perris City Council from 1993-1997 and was Mayor from 1995-1996. His tenure was marked by the City’s serious financial difficulties and Mr. Long is credited with making the difficult decisions needed to return Perris to fiscal solvency.

Mr. Long also worked diligently to bring a Veterans Home to Perris.

Perris City Councilwoman Joanne Evans worked with Mr. Long on the City’s efforts to locate a Veterans Home in Perris, where old soldiers, sailors, Air Force personnel and Marines could receive medical care and live out their days in dignity.

She drove with Mr. Long to Barstow when another Veterans Home was dedicated and was impressed with his commitment to former military personnel. Mr. Long served nine years in the Marines and later worked for the Veterans Administration.

“He gave so much to our senior citizens and this City,” she said. “This is such a terrible tragedy.”
After leaving City office, he worked for the California Senior Legislature and served on the Riverside County Office on Aging Advisory Council.

Mr. Long’s neighbor, Matthew Sharp, remembered him as an avid camper who started a group of residents and friends known as the “Luckineers Camping Club” 30 years ago. The group holds monthly campouts at state parks.
Sharp said Mr. Long was an outstanding outdoors cook and made a memorable egg omelette.

The night before he died, Mr. Long and Sharp talked for about an hour, discussing various issues. Mr. Long and his wife, Gola, had recently returned from a cruise to Alaska. Mr. Long said he and his wife were interested in taking another vacation in the near future.

The conversation turned to the City. Mr. Long expressed support for the current City Council and said he thought Perris was heading in the right direction.

“He is really going to be missed,” Sharp said. “He played a large part in this City.”