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Beefmaster breeder, Fred Long passes

published: May 27th 2022

Fred Long passed away on May 17, 2022. He was born May 29, 1927, in Shidler, Oklahoma to Charles and Eva (Barger) Long.
    At the age of 16, he enrolled in The University of Oklahoma. The United States was in the midst of World War II and he joined the United States Navy and was shipped to serve on the USS Block Island CVE Carrier in the Pacific for two years. After the War ended, he returned to his beloved University of Oklahoma where he earned his petroleum engineering degree in 1951. He started his career with Phillips Petroleum and was sent to Louisiana, West Texas and South Texas. In 1957, he started the First South Texas Independent Petroleum Consulting Firm. Over the next 70 years, he was involved in oil and gas exploration, along with other segments of the industry. He was respected and trusted by his peers and his handshake on a deal was better than any contractual agreement. His word was his bond.
    In 1976, he  began ranching in Bee County Texas. His vision was to create an efficient working cattle ranch that would thrive and coexist with the native wildlife. His happiest times were spent outdoors at L2 Ranch working in the pastures, checking his herd and protecting the wildlife. He set out to develop a herd of top quality cattle that carried superior performance traits. He succeeded in both. His L2 Beefmaster Cattle are respected and bred in the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia and many other countries. His ranching philosophy, the land, cattle and wildlife that roamed his land warranted his respect, care and protection. He continually worked to improve the quality and consistency of his cattle and his competition was to produce a better calf crop than his last one. In 1988, he was honored to receive the Beefmaster Breeder of the Year Award, In 2010, he received the BBU Environmental Award and in 2015, he was extremely honored to receive the Prestigious Live Oak Legend Award, and in 2021, he was inducted into the Beefmaster Breeders Hall of Fame.
    He is predeceased by his parent; his brother, Rever-end Donald Long; and his sister, Dora Lockhart.
    He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; sons, Gary Long and Jim Long; his stepson, Robert Har-rison (Griselda); grandsons, Jack Alexander and Maximillien Levi Harrison of Corpus Christi, Texas; and his sister-in-law, Ina Long. He is also survived by many nieces and ne-phews.
    A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 23, at L2 Ranch, Beeville, Texas.

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