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Douglas Allen Long

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Douglas Allen Long passed peacefully on November 29, 2017 at his home in Gig Harbor, WA surrounded by family after a courageous battle with Leukemia.
 
Doug was born in San Diego, CA on November 1, 1944, the first child of Donald and Anne Long.  Doug spent his youth in Palo Alto, CA. He graduated from Cubberley High School, where he also met the love of his life.
 
UDouglas Longpon graduating high school Doug earned a degree in Economics from San Jose State.
 
On January 27, 1968 Doug married his eternal love, Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith in Palo Alto.  After their wedding, they moved to Sacramento where Doug obtained his law degree at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
 
After graduating, Doug worked for the state of California as a hearing officer.  While working for the state Doug and Betsy welcomed their first daughter, Melissa, in 1973.  Feeling un-inspired working for the state, Doug decided to take a different route and opened Buffalo Brewing Company with a law school classmate.  During this time their second daughter, Whitney, was born in 1976.
 
Doug decided to return to law and after completing a program in Chicago, the family returned to Sacramento.  Doug practiced law and worked for Exlog in the oil and gas industry.  While working at Exlog (later acquired by Baker International), Doug traveled the world orchestrating oil contracts and loving every minute of the adventure.  The pinnacle of his law career was facilitating the merger between Baker International and Hughes Tool Company.  Following that the family moved to the Napa Valley (CA).
 
Doug opened his own law firm in St. Helena, CA where he specialized in estate law.  While there Doug was involved with his brothers, Bob and David, in David Arthur Vineyards where he gained an enormous appreciation for wine-making. 
 
In 1998 Doug and Betsy became empty nesters and moved to Gig Harbor, WA to retire.  After two years with the encouragement of his beautiful wife Betsy (the beauty is not debated, but the “encouragement” might be), he explored and found Red Mountain in Eastern Washington.  By 2004, the vineyard site was purchased and planted. His passion for winemaking showed and continues to shine through his award winning Obelisco wines.  The only thing Doug loved more than winemaking was his family. 
 
Doug was preceded in death by his mother Anne Plett Long.  He is survived by his devoted wife of almost 50 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” Long, his daughter Melissa Vilar, her husband Jacques and their two children, Isabella and Phillip, his daughter Whitney Patterson, her husband Adam and their three children, Eveleth, Robert and Reagan. He is also survived by his father Donald Long, his brothers Robert and David Long and many nieces, nephews and godchildren who fondly remember “The king of fun.”
 
A celebration of Doug’s life was held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in  Tacoma, WA on December 9, 2017.
 
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at https://secure/seattlecca.org.  Under “Tribute” select Memorial with indication in memory of Doug Long. 

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