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Don L. Freeman Don passed away on September 25, 2018, after a long, adventurous, and civically minded life. He was 87 years old. He died peacefully in Torrance, California. He is survived by his widow, Suzanne Carico Freeman (Shan), sister, Audrie Wing, son, Alan Freeman, and granddaughters, Jessica Harper and Valerie Harper Croskey. A reception for family and friends honoring Don's life will be held at the Freeman residence, 1906 Agnes Road, Manhattan Beach, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Don grew up in Long Beach, California. During his formidable years, Don spent time visiting his grandparents lemon orchard in Chula Vista which germinated a scholastic interest in agriculture and biological science. He graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School. He attended Pierce Junior College, where he majored in Ornamental Horticulture, and graduated from Fresno State University with a B.A. degree in life sciences. He was a student council member at Pierce College, Vice-President of the Associated Student body at Fresno State, a member of Alpha Phi Gamma (National Journalism Society), and served as the yearbook and newspaper editors at both of the secondary institutions he attended. While in college, Don joined the Platoon Leader's Class of the U.S. Marine Corps, and upon graduation went on active duty as a Second Lieutenant. He was a platoon leader, traveled through much of the United States, and spent time overseas while attached to the 2nd Marine Division on the USS Chilton. He retired as a Major. Don was first married to Margaret (Peggy) Fay and had three children of that marriage, Alan, Susan who died in 2010, and Fred who died in infancy. Following active service, Don returned to Fresno State where he obtained his teaching credential. He taught general science and journalism at Sweetwater High School in San Diego County, helped the school newspaper obtain several honors, and served as the President of the teacher's association. Don had a life-long love of music. He played trombone in Junior High and participated in musical productions in high school. He sang in the school chorus and later in the church choir of the Manhattan Beach Community Church. Don's first wife died in 1991. Don and Shan met in 1996 at a fine arts program in Nice, France. They shared a love of the arts and travel. They toured all the national parks and honeymooned in Europe taking time out to stay with friends in a converted monastery turned condo north of Rome. Don's remains will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, 2018
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