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.
Published in The Oregonian from Sep. 26 to Oct. 5, 2014.