Ally of parks dies at 49

first_imgFuneral arrangements were pending.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Todd Longshore, a longtime member of Santa Clarita’s Parks Commission, died early Tuesday, apparently of a heart attack. He was 49. Longshore was rushed at dawn to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in full cardiac arrest and did not respond to treatment, a hospital official said. The news stunned friends in City Hall who described Longshore as a family man who took great pride in his children while working to create opportunities for less fortunate kids. “He was just an amazing guy, an amazing dad,” Councilman Frank Ferry said. “He and I spent countless hours just dreaming. He was passionate about having active parks for kids – he wanted what was best for children in the community. He wanted to get kids out, help them make good choices.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA resident of Santa Clarita for 24 years, Longshore, a commercial real estate appraiser, had been on the commission since it was formed in 1989. He was appointed by Santa Clarita’s first mayor, now U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, and later reappointed by current Mayor Laurene Weste. “He is such an irreplaceable asset to this community,” said Weste, who called Longshore a “quiet leader” who helped steer the Parks Commission with a soft approach. Longshore and his wife, DeAnn, have three sons and a daughter: Nick, 24; Nate, 19; Ben, 16; and Courtney, 13. Nick and Nate were standout football players at Canyon High School; Ben is following the tradition, playing quarterback and punting. A son called Canyon football coach Harry Welch in tears Tuesday morning to tell him his dad had died. “He never missed a football game,” Ferry said. “He was a proud, happy father.” A youth sports coach for many years, Longshore saw sports as a means of building character. He also was active with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, involved in Scouting with his own kids and enjoyed restoring cars and building hot rods. last_img read more

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