Michael Stephen Freistat D.O.
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D.O., Michael Stephen Freistat, 67 May 20, 1947 Sept. 17, 2014 Dr. Michael Stephen Freistat, "Doc," passed away peacefully Sept. 17, 2014, at his home in Kihei, Hawaii, surrounded by loved ones. He was 67 years old. Michael was born May 20, 1947, in Santa Monica, Calif., to Doris and Theodore. He attended the University of Oklahoma in 1965 and 1966, before transferring to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He then attended medical school at the Center for Health Sciences in Kansas City, Mo., from 1971 to 1974, and completed his internship at Eastmoreland General Hospital in Portland in 1975. He became partner at Steele Street Medical Surgical Clinics, worked at various urgent care clinics throughout Washington and Oregon from 1975 to 1979 and worked in obstetrics at EMG Hospital from 1975 to 1985. He joined the staff at Emanuel Hospital when he built North Portland Medical Center in 1977, which he operated until 1999. Michael moved to Maui, Hawaii, in February of 1999, where he worked for Kaiser Permanente Medical Group until he retired in 2007. Michael was board certified in family practice by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1979. He held faculty positions as an associate professor at both the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) in Pomona, Calif., and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Iowa, Des Moines. He was a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. He also provided medical care for musicians and road crews "Roc Doc," traveling to the Northwest from 1981 to 1999. Michael enjoyed golf, painting (Stephan), travel, politics, sports, playing the piano and guitar, reading science fiction, movies, cooking and spending time with his loved ones. Michael was preceded in death by both of his parents; brother, Eric; and sister, Diane. Michael is survived by his wife, Deborah; sons, Brian (Tana) and Michael; daughters, Sarah (Brandon), Heidi and Tracy (Sam); grandchildren, Zayle, Gianna, Henry, Tyler and Asher; and numerous other family members including in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be a scattering of his ashes along with a celebration of Michael's life on his birthday in May. A very special "thank you" goes out to Hospice Maui.

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Published in The Oregonian from Sep. 26 to Oct. 5, 2014.
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February 28, 2017
Missing you still so much every single day.

Keeping you alive in the hearts and minds of my babies.

It's very healing to read about you through the eyes of others who knew you through the years. They know you like we know you.

Your different characteristics that made you the amazing, loving, compassionate, humble, brilliant, handsome, stubborn, artistic, adventurous, generous, hilarious goofball that you were.

What's not to love?

We keep your amazing smile all around us, so we don't have to miss that ever.

Now you are our guardian angel, protector from monsters in the closet, our "good spirit" that keeps us safe.

"Boppa": the inventor of "smackaroos" and now midnight peekaboo games.

We feel you all around us and hope you never leave our sides.

Not sure why I googled your name tonight, but it was a nice thing to find this guestbook and to read all about you through smiles and healing tears.

Love you Dad. So much.
Sarah Freistat Pajimola
November 26, 2016
My condolences to his family. I was up late, I out of no where, started think when began my career. Dr Friestat and his wife were great. Every now and his daughter would come and spend time at the clinic. A very smart young girl at time she was a young girl at that time. On my luck break she told never place the holy bible on the floor (1975). Right today I will not place my Bible on the floor. Otherwise if I accidentally did, I would think of her :) It was family clinic located in Portland, Oregon. I did my Internship under Dr Friestat and his wife. Beautiful people. Shortly I worked at Office they moved to Hawaii.
LoLeatha Anderson -Montague
June 20, 2016
OMG, for what ever reason Dr. Friestat came across my mind, so I thought I would Google his name to see what came up since every thing is computerized in this day and age and this is the last thing I would have thought I would find....He was the first Doctor that treated my whole family, I can remember my mom taking me and all 9 of my siblings to our doctor appointments....he was the nicest and kindest Dr. I have where known....so to his family I'm sending my condolences and thanks for sharing him with my family....

Continue to Rest in Love!

The Burns Family
Joyce Burns
April 5, 2016
Dear Doc -
Just a note to let you know that your property is doing great. Your beloved bride is looking healthy and your chair still feels your warmth. My cat, Rama, still goes looking for you under your bed. Or maybe he goes there to talk to you, either way, Rama the cat feels your presence often.

I was at a Dead & Company show in Vegas and yes, the shows were smoking hot like the old days. They played Brokedown Palace and all of a sudden I felt you there with me, I texted Sarah and she told me at the same moment you were with her too. Thanks for letting us know you're good.

Fare Thee Well! Much love and aloha to you.

Laura Kaplan
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Laura Kaplan
July 13, 2015
I am truly sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.
Dan Mnigori
May 22, 2015
Dear Debbie,Lynne and I just found out about Mike and are both devastated at his passing. I thought of his as one of my best freinds on my travels in this life. I'm a better person for having known him and a lessor one now that he is passed. With great sorrow, Aloha Mike!!!!!!! Chris and Lynne Katsikas
Chris Katsikas
March 23, 2015
Both personally and professionally, Doc will be deeply missed. Our deepest condolences. He will always be remembered for his compassion and humor.

From all of us at Jack's Carpet Cleaning
December 26, 2014
December 8, 2014
Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of Michaels death, I am happy I was able to speak to him a few years ago. I am in Maui every year and will always think of him
Carol (Cari) Amey. carijamey@gmail.com
Cari Amey
November 29, 2014
I am very sorry to hear of Doctor Mikes passing. He was my doctor back in the 70"s as well as delivered my daughter Kellie in 79'. Mike was a very good friend as well as my doctor when my daughter was born. My wife 2 days later went into a coma with a 2% chance of living and Mike had to prepair me of having to pull the plug. We ended up not having to do that and my wife pulled through. He was there for me every step of the way. I will never forget him and his kind way. My heart goes out to you all and you all are in my prayers.
Kevin Gibson
November 11, 2014
I truly regret hearing your loss. My sincere condolences.
November 10, 2014
To Michaels wife, children and grandchildren, my sincere condolences. I am Michaels first cousin Gail, and have fond memories, and indeed shocked to find to have found him passed just a few weeks ago. I was trying to reach him to let him know our Aunt Nettie has passed away, and the funeral is Wednesday. Anyway, I'm so sorry. I've left my email for anyone wanting to reach me
November 10, 2014
Gail sumpter
November 7, 2014
I just learned today of Mike's passing. We were classmates in med school in Kansas City. I remember happy times when we were class officers. My condolences to his family. Carol Markiewicz,D.O. Spring Lake Michigan
October 5, 2014
I was so saddened to read about the passing of Michael. I first met him at Eastmoreland Hospital in 1978 when I was just starting out as a nurse and he was working the ER. He was a tremendous help to me and I will never forget his kindness and generosity. As a newly single mom of two young children, I was just beginning to get on my feet. I had torn a ligament in my ankle and I saw him 'after hours' where he diagnosed the tear and applied the cast. He knew I was an accomplished seamstress and asked if I could make him a vest which I did. It was the least I could do. He has often crossed my mind in the decades that have followied and I will always recall his act of kindness and what a likeable person he was.
To his family: all my heartfelt love and prayers are with you at this time.
Merrilee Alexander
October 1, 2014
Dr Friestat was my pediatrician in North Portland until we moved across town when I was 7. I still think of his cool ponytail and earring when I drive past the building - he was kind of awe inspiring without being intimidating. I'm pretty sure I had my ears pierced at his office, too, which was a major childhood milestone. He was one of a kind. Very sorry to hear of his passing but glad he was with his family.
Sonja Lapinski, DVM
October 1, 2014
My mother, myself, my husband, and our two daughters were lucky to be able to have Dr. Freistat as our family doctor during the 80's and early 90's in North Portland. He practiced medicine with a wonderful blend of intelligence, pragmatism, and care. North Portland needed his medical services and his honest, forthright and open-minded approach to our diverse and changing community. My heart aches to hear that he is gone. Our condolences to his family. Jan & Greg, Sonja and Monika Lapinski
Jan Dickel
October 1, 2014
What a sad surprise. I decided to look for Michael because my cousin will be visiting Portland this month and I thought it might be an interesting connection, although I hadn't seen or spoken with him since before he went off to college. I was friends with his parents, especially Ted when they lived in Beverly Hills and also sad to learn of the death of Eric and Diane. I'd appreciate a contact at some time: mlp@cityvisions.com
Malcolm Lubliner
October 1, 2014
Dr. Freistat was the coolest Dr in N Portland back in the day. I remember calling him late one night when my youngster was sick. I could hear he was out having a good time but he still was attentive to me. Doc was good people. RIP
ann majek
September 29, 2014
He was my Boss, Mentor, Dr. and Friend. There was nothing I couldn't ask him that he would not do although I would get a sigh and an eye roll, my daughter is still in awe of him letting me bring my kids to work when I didn't have childcare. They don't make them them like Dr Freistat anymore, I was Blessed to have known him.
Melissa Woods
September 28, 2014
My dear friend...You will remain in my heart forever.
Roberta Herget
September 28, 2014
I had a wonderful opportunity to have worked with Dr. Freistat. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Condolence to Mrs. Freistat and family. God Bless.
Cristina A. Jones and family
September 28, 2014
Terrence Gilbert
September 28, 2014
Michael was my oldest and best friend. We met when we were 14, so we essentially grew up together, and he was a very bright light in my life Even though we became geographically challenged over the years, since I stayed in LA. He was also beloved by my wife Denise, and my son Paul and his family. He will remain in my heart, my mind, and hopefully he will visit me in my dreams too. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life...he was that special to me.
Greg Sanford
September 27, 2014
He was such a wonderful man. I was proud to say he was my brotherinlaw. He will be missed by so many people
KAREN Grovom
September 27, 2014
Tracy Terrall
September 27, 2014
We will pray to God to rest Michael's soul in peace.

Michael was truly a remarkable human being, devoted family man and dear friend with exceptionally good humor.

Michael and I had a great time in each other's company especially at the golf course. I enjoyed viewing Michael's paintings and giving him my critic on his artistic abilities.

Debbie, his children, relatives and everyone who came to know him, will miss Michael dearly. We are extending our heartfelt condolences at this tragic moment to all the members of the Freistat family.

Narinder & Neena
Wailea, Hawaii
September 27, 2014
I appreciate this special man that was a wonderful, caring husband to my daughter Debbie and an awesome father to my grandchildren. He always treated me with great respect as my doctor for a time and as my son-in-law. He will be so greatly missed by his family and all others who were a part of his life. RIP Michael.
Joan Grovom
September 27, 2014
Mike and Debbie were destined to be together. They were soul mates in every sense of the word. I have very fond memories of great times with great friends in Portland........."while we were young"
RIP Mike.
Carol Hurst
September 27, 2014
Michael will be missed by so many. Debbie and children were blessed to be able to care for Michael and surround him with their love. Bill and I send love to them. We cherish all the memories of good times with Michael going back many many years. Maggie and Bill
Maggie Walter
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