Memorial Service Set for Dori Long

Doris Ann “Dori” Long

July 7, 1952 – July 2, 2015

Doris Ann “Dori” Long, 62, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 2, 2015.  Dori was an admired and beloved employee at Facilities Management of New Mexico Tech.


Dori Long teaching a child about plants in the Tech greenhouse.


A memorial tree-planting service open to all will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, on the practice green across from the Facilities Management garage (not the practice green at the pro shop). Anyone is welcome to attend and share memories of Dori. For those who do not wish to speak, written memories can be submitted at the front desk of Facilities Management, which will be read during the service. A potluck meal will follow. All are invited to bring a dish to share.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bart and Gertrude Long. Doris is survived by her four sisters, Lorraine Alires and her spouse, Tom; Katherine Chavez and her spouse Marty; Diana Long-Fisher and her spouse, Jeffery, and Carolyn Lesperance. She is also survived by her Aunt, Linda Griego, as well as nieces, nephews and many cousins. 

Throughout high school, Doris loved to play softball.  She was an avid and proficient softball player on a team called the Diamond Lil’s. She also loved hunting and fishing, especially with her dad, Bart. Graduating from Socorro High School, she went on to earn a certificate from Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (TVI-CNM). She became a teacher’s aide at Socorro Elementary prior to her enlisting in the U.S. Army.  Doris made the military her career, achieving the rank of Sargent 1st Class. Her career in the military included serving in Iraq during the Gulf War and then later she was attached to the White House during the term of Bill Clinton’s presidency.  She received several commendations throughout her military career and retired after more than 20 years of loyal service, receiving an honorable discharge with full military honors. 

After military retirement, Doris returned home to Florida, N.M., and made her childhood home her journey’s end. Her yard and garden were the loves of her life and she tended to them both with love and tender care.  She also found time to drive a school bus and was fondly referred to by the kids she drove as “Ms. Busdriver.” Doris was also employed by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where she was highly regarded as a dedicated and loyal employee.  People who knew her have told the family that she had a very quiet dignity about her.  She was not one to need accolades, nor was she one to care much for pomp and circumstance as she toiled in quiet efficiency.  Her work ethic was admired and was looked to as a leader in everyday life.  Doris was very much loved and respected by all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed.  No services will be held, as these were Doris’ wishes.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in her honor.    

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