Valley development pioneer John F. Long dies at 87

One of the foremost personalities and developers of modern Phoenix has died. John F. Long, the founder of J.F. Long Properties and the creator of the master-planned Maryvale neighbhorhood in west Phoenix, died shortly after midnight Friday. He was 87.

Long had been in good health up until the past year. In the last couple of months his body started declining, though his mind remained sharp until the end, according to Jim Miller, director of real estate for J.F. Long Properties. Long had been in hospice care.

A simple tribute was posted on the company’s Web site.

“It is with utmost sadness we share the news of the passing of our Founder, John F. Long,” it stated.

Miller said a public memorial service will be held March 10, and details of that service will be posted on the company Web site,, on March 3.

Speaking from the company’s offices at 5035 W. Camelback Road, Miller said Long’s productive and generous life was being celebrated among employees who were working Friday.