David Walter DeLong

Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2003

Juneau resident David Walter DeLong, 74, died at home on June 3, 2003, after battling lung cancer.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1929, in Seattle, Wash., to Spencer Carl DeLong and Ann Leigh Hughes DeLong. His family moved to Wrangell in 1934. His parents, both printers, put out the Wrangell Sentinel. In 1935, his parents moved to Juneau and worked as printers for the Daily Press and Juneau Empire.

He attended the Juneau school system through 10th grade and moved to Fairbanks in 1945. The family returned to Juneau in 1947. He attended Washington State University and later worked in Juneau as a printer and co-owner of DeLong's Totem Press. He was associated with the family printing business in Juneau until it was sold in 1965. He then worked for the Department of Fish & Game and the Department of Labor until his retirement in 1984.

He served in the Alaska National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve from 1950 to 1963.

He was active in service, civic, professional and fraternal organizations, serving as convention chairman for the first Junior Chamber of Commerce State Convention in 1957 and as a president of the Juneau Personnel Association. He was a life member of Juneau Elks Lodge 420.

He was involved with the Masonic community. He was president of the Juneau Shrine Club in 1989, past master of Juneau Lodge No. 147 F&AM, a member of the Juneau Scottish Rite Masonic bodies and a 33rd degree Mason. He served as secretary of the four Juneau Scottish Rite bodies and building manager of the Juneau Scottish Rite Temple from 1990-96. In 1997, he served as curator of the Temple Museum and editor of the Southeast Scottish Writer until his illness. He also served as past patron in 1990 of Juneau Chapter No. 7 Order of the Eastern Star and editor of Star Gazing, 1990 through 2002. He was Past Rainbow Dad for six terms for Juneau Assembly No. 3 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. He was a member of the Royal Order of Scotland and the Scottish Rite Research Society.

He was a charter member of the Juneau Symphony; life member and past president of Igloo No. 6 Pioneers of Alaska; member of Alaska Yukon Pioneers and the Southeast Alaska Club of AYP; life member of U.S.C.G. Auxiliary and 17th District commodore 1975-76; life member of the National Association of Past District Commodores; member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels; and a founding member of Eagle Wings Community Church.

He was honored by the Alaska Grand Lodge in February 2003 as Alaska Mason of the Year.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Marie Landesman; daughter, Gabrielle (Ivan) Hazelton and her children, Sorcha and Tyrnan of Juneau; daughter, Allison DeLong (Larry Lucas) and her children, Alycea, Trinity, Isabella and Gabriella of Kent, Wash.

A memorial service will be held at the Auke Bay Recreation Area at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. A reception will follow at the Treadwell Room of the Baranof Hotel from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK 99801.



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