Dennis Michael “The Deacon” Long, 66, of Salem, formerly of Astoria, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, in Salem.

He was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Astoria, to Donald Allen and Betty Denice (Ponsness) Long.

He attended Astoria High School.

For three years, he served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Long lived in Astoria for 16 years. He retired in 2006.

Family members said he was an artist, a dreamer and a person who lived his life on his own terms. Among many other art projects, he created the stone for the movie “Romancing the Stone” and the Fighting Fisherman character, Stomper, which Astoria High School uses as a mascot.

He is survived by two sons, Devan and Rien Long; a grandson, Gavon Long; two sisters, Dianne (Long) DeLapp and Judy Long; an aunt, Madonna Mindt; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Clatsop Post 12 American Legion, 1132 Exchange St.

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