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Dean Preston Long, 52, of Dunkirk died Jan. 9, 2013, in Prince Frederick.

He was born March 19, 1960, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Harvey and Connie Root Long.

He graduated from Wootton High School in Rockville and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., initially as a music major. He graduated from JMU with a degree in business, economics and management information systems. His 27-year IT career encompassed jobs with Unisys, Wang and, for the last 15 years, the Safeway Companies. He and his wife married in 1989. The couple moved to Calvert County in 1992 and welcomed their twins in April 1999. He was a man of many passions, including gardening, music, cooking and wine. He loved to entertain friends and family and was always working on something around the house, most notably his famous Christmas and Halloween decorations. He was well known for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He was a “soccer dad,” the team photographer and the treasurer of his homeowner’s association. Last, but not least, he was a die-hard New York Mets fan.

He is survived by his parents, Harvey and Connie Long of Rockville; wife of 23 years, Angela; son, Mason; daughter, Madison; brother, Brad Long and his wife, Liz, of Darnestown; sister, Jody Kraemer of Gaithersburg; and nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

A memorial service was held Jan. 15 at Dunkirk Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Hancock officiating.

Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or online at

Arrangements were provided by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home in Dunkirk.