There are many things about the death this past week of Larry Long that only add to the sense of loss.
He was a devoted husband, dad, grandfather. He was a veteran, having served as an Air Force pilot. He was a retired 41-year employee of Thermal Ceramics. His death was entirely unexpected, coming at age 79 to a man who, until having heart surgery, was in very good health.
And besides all that, he was just a heckuva nice guy.