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TAMPA, FL – Steven Leonard Long, 57, died peacefully on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from complications following a stroke, at Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace, FL, with family and friends by his side.


He was born March 31, 1961 in Beloit, WI. He was a 1979 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University, with his master’s in English.  Steve was Assistant Director of Marketing at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, where he had served for the past 30 years. His creative designs and innovative ideas helped to shape the world-class, professional image of the entire university. His design work was instrumental in establishing the visual identities of the National Academy of Inventors and the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, both founded at USF.


Steve was highly intelligent, compassionate and talented as an author, artist, designer and musician. He noticed tiny details in everyday life and could remember and relate them in an entertaining way, years later.  He had a quick, razor sharp wit that brought fun and laughter to any gathering, and he had a depth and wisdom that made conversation with him fascinating and enriching. He was a caring uncle and thoughtful, fiercely loyal friend.  His work ethic and dedication made him a valued and essential part of the USF team and he leaves a strong legacy there. He was beloved by friends and family who are forever impacted by his example of courage and love in the midst of health struggles.


He is survived by his mother, Catherine “Betty” Long of Baraboo, WI; three sisters, Cathy (George) Althoff of Baraboo, Susan (Timothy) Johnson of Plymouth, MI, and Laura Long of Pittsburgh, PA; five nieces and nephews, Alicia (David) Bates, Libby (Xili) Syla, Jacob Fleming, Evan Johnson and Alexander Johnson; two grand-nieces and four grand-nephews; and many dear friends and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Long, in 2011.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Melech Hospice House, 11125 N. 52nd Street, Tampa, FL 33617. You may visit this website to  add favorite memories or condolences for the family:


  • Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Susan just wanted to let you my heart is with you, Tim, Evan and Alex. Did not know you’re brother but losing your brother is a loss to you and your family. Love you all. Sylvia Dumford Amy’s Aunt.

    • Susan
      Posted March 9, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you, Sylvia. Love back!

  • Judy Lowry
    Posted March 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Steve was a cherished friend and colleague. I miss him every day. Much love to your family.

    • Susan
      Posted March 9, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you, Judy. I am so glad to see Steve (and his work at USF) through your memories. Thanks for being a friend to him.

  • Shawn Stearns
    Posted March 8, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Steve was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. We spent so much time laughing together, and I will always cherish those memories. From our time together in the chorus, our trip to San Francisco, or just many Friday nights having beers together I will always look back on those memories with joy. I like to think that he is at peace now. My prayers and condolences for you and the rest of his family.

  • aronold gallardo
    Posted March 9, 2019 at 9:03 am

    May the beautiful memories of a special loved one bring you and your
    family comfort and solace during this time. May the words of Psalm 34:15 ” The eyes of
    Jehovah are on the righteous, and his ears are listening to their cry for help” bring the family
    comfort and strength. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Dale Ahlrich
    Posted March 9, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Betty, Cathy Susan and Laura I am so sorry for your loss of Steven. I saw the obituary in today’s paper. My heart is heavy for all of you today and want you to know that I care and am praying for you.

  • Shellie Mahr Strope
    Posted March 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I remember Steve from Stephen Decatur. We rode the bus together to bowling class downtown and he always cracked me up. Every time I hear Elvis’ Blue Christmas I think of him, as he used to sing it to me all the time on the bus. He was so dang funny! So glad to hear that he was a successful, happy and loving adult. Sounds like he will be greatly missed by many.

  • Allison (Banfield) Sparrow
    Posted March 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Dearest Long Family,

    Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Many great memories with our families. Peace, comfort and love are being sent to each of you. We are so sorry for this incredible loss.

  • Maggie Osborne-Carter
    Posted March 10, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    The Class Of 79 at SDHS will hold Steve’s memory in our hearts and minds during our 40th class reunion that I’m sure he would have wanted to attend. Fly high our friend! You will be missed! Love and prayers going out to his Mother, family, friends, and co-workers in Florida.

  • Bill, Nancy and Leslie Sheppard
    Posted March 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    So sorry to hear of this young man passing away. Our prayers are with you Betty and the girls.

  • Bill, Nancy and Leslie Sheppard
    Posted March 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Sorry to hear of Steven passing. Our prayers are with you Betty and girls.

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