Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 05:30:30 :
Thursday, February 19, 1970
Isaac F. Long of San Rafael, welter-weight boxing champion of the world from 1917 to 1921, died yesterday in a local hospital after a long illness. He was 83.
Long, who resided at 9 Grand Court since coming to Marin from San Diego five years ago, fought under the name, Sailor Jack. He won his title while enlisted as a career man in the Navy.
Born in Burlington, N.C., he left home when 11, working in coal mines and other odd jobs before lying about his age to join the Army during the Spanish American War.
He reenlisted in the Army in 1909 at the age of 23 where he served until joining the Navy in 1913. He stayed in the Navy through World War I, retiring as chief water tender in 1929. He was called back into active service during World War II finally retiring in 1943.
Long moved to California in 1942 when sent to San Diego by the Navy.
He was a member of Blackmore Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of San Diego.
His wife, Elizabeth P. Long died Dec. 1.
Surviving are two daughters, Sally Freitas of San Rafael, with whom he made his home, and Betty Parker of San Diego and three grandchildren.
Funeral services conducted by Fairfax Lodge 556 Free and Accepted Masons, will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Keatonís Mortuary, San Rafael, with burial at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Childrenís Hospital in San Francisco have been requested by the family.
A Death Notice in the same paper mentions the grandchildren: Elizabeth Lee Parker, Gilbert Jr. and John Freitas.
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