Dirk Herbert Long

Dirk Herbert LongDirk Herbert Long, 55, Kailua-Kona Hawaii died April 10, 2013 at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Pittsfield, Ill., March 6 1958 the son of Richard Leon and Ina Nadean Spann Long, he was the owner of American Housing in Japan.

Dirk was a well-liked and respected builder, erecting everything from log cabins to hospitals on two continents. He was locally famous for his self-built home in Komatsu City Yasatodai Ishikawa-Ken Japan, where his home was awarded “Best Home in the City.” A constant stream of cars would drive past his house during Decembers to view his Christmas decorations. Local television stations would air pictures and videos of the decorated home on nightly news brodcasts.

He is survived by his mother and step father, Nadean Fisher and Ike Fisher of Tonasket; sisters, Sherri Thomas and Ronni Sandoval of Tonasket, and sister Christine Richie of Spokane; brothers, Steve Long of Stringer Miss. and Mark Long of Taylorsville Miss., former wife Chiyoko Long of Yasatodai Japan. Dirk is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, step-brothers and step-sisters throughout the U.S. Dirk will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Private services will be held at a later date.