Frank Calvin Freeman, 70, died April 29, 1991, in Salt Lake City.
Born February 17, 1921 in San Jose, California, the son of Charles Ivor and Joyce Gratia Griffin Freeman. He was raised in California and graduated from Sonoma High School where he was a star athlete on the track team, breaking many school records; one of which was a long jump in 1938 of 24 feet, 10 inches. While a student at Salinas Junior College, he set the 220 meter record in the state meet at the LA Coliseum. He competed against and successfully beat, the late great, Jackie Robinson in track competition in Compton, California in 1942.During World War II he served as a fighter pilot instructor, which led to his subsequent carreer as a commercial airline pilot. He traveled all over the world, and finally settled in Salt Lake City, after the death of his son, James, in an automobile accident in 1972. He was very artistic and loved to paint in addition to singing in his beautiful tenor voice. In 1975 he played the part of Angus in the LDS Church production of "Promised Valley". During this time, he became a member of the LDS Church, and has been an enthusiastic and faithful member of the church since. He was active in many local productions, and the Scandia Chorus until his health prohibited such participation in 1987. Frank loved children, and always had a funny joke and a quarter in his pocket for his many "Grandchildren". He was always taking lost children under his wing. He had a good generous heart, and he will be sorely missed by his family and those he loved.
He is survived by his wife, Alyce Nolan Freeman; sons and daughters, Michael Freeman, Fairbanks, Alaska; John Freeman, Niagra Falls, New York; Patricia Freeman, El Monte, California; and Peggy Freeman Goodwin, Salt Lake City; brother, Mason Freeman, DuBois, Pennsylvania; his grandchildren, Adam, Shawn, Nolan and Angel Freeman, and Erin and James Goodwin.
We love you, dad.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Neil O'Donnel and Son's Mortuary, 372 East 100 South. Vigil service with rosary will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Mortuary, where friends may call from 6-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service.
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