Former mayor Ken Long made a lifelong commitment to service

Member of the city’s first planning commission passed away at his family home on Nov. 9
Nov 15, 2018
Courtesy of: The Long Family

Funeral services for former Mill Creek Mayor Kenneth Dean Long will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Alderwood Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 16124 35th 35th Ave. SE in Mill Creek. He was 89.

Long passed away suddenly from natural causes on Nov. 9 at his family home in Mill Creek in the company of his wife of 50 years, Jeanine, and their son Kelly.

Long served on the Mill Creek City Council including one term as the mayor. He also served on the first Planning Commission as well as as mayor of Brier, WA. He was appointed to the Mill Creek City Council in 1984 and served a two-year term as mayor beginning in 1988.

Mayor Pam Pruitt said Long was her mentor when she joined the council in 1988. Former council colleague Donna Michelson described Long as a gentleman.

"He was a true gentle man," Michelson said softly. "He and Jeanine were a true power couple."

Jeanine served the community as a member of the state senate.

The former mayor began his public service as part of the Architectural Control Committee for the Mill Creek Community Association. He also served for years as a board member for the Edmonds Community College Foundation. He has been an avid watercolor artist since his retirement in 1997.

He was proud of his heritage that stretched back to two great grandfathers who settled Springville, UT. One of his grandfathers served in the Mormon battalion that was formed to fight n the war with Mexico.

Seven generations of the Long family have continued to live in Springville.

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