Charles Henry “Chick” Freeman, 82, died at his home on Jan. 20, 2019. He was born March 13, 1936, in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, to Douglas Delroy and Leona Evelyn Biddinger Freeman. He married Katherine Holladay in the Salt Lake Temple on May 3, 1985.
Chick’s family returned to the Salt Lake Valley not long after he was born, and he spent most of his years living in the Avenues. He worked with his mother in her grocery store attached to their home and with his father at his Salt Lake Radiator and Welding Company. Chick’s work ethic continued throughout his life.
He graduated from West High School in 1954, attended the University of Utah and then served in the California Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from June 1956 to July 1958.
He continued at the university after his mission but eventually completed his Bachelor of Science in physical education at Brigham Young University in 1962 and his Master of Science in physical education from Washington State University in 1963.
After teaching in the Salt Lake School District and working for the Utah State Public Welfare Department, he returned to Brigham Young University to complete his Ph.D. in junior college curriculum and instruction in 1968.
He taught school and worked in athletic coaching at Tekoa, Washington, while assisting the school district with teacher learning objectives. In the fall of 1978 he began working for Terra Tek, a testing company for the drilling industry. He also assisted his parents with the real estate properties they owned and became the managing partner in the family business after his parents died.
Chick was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served in two bishoprics, as a teacher and priesthood leader, and as a leader in the Green Valley Young Single Adults Ward. He gathered many family records and histories in Western Maryland in the early days of his family history research. Chick attended the temple faithfully and performed many proxy priesthood ordinances in behalf of his deceased family members.
Chick served in the Utah Air National Guard, earned a master gardner certification from the Utah State Extension Service and volunteered at the LDS Church greenhouses and gardens for more than nine years.
Chick loved being with his parents and family, serving his parents-in-law and especially providing support to his wife, Kathy, in all her work activities and church callings. He became very talented in coloring, cutting and laminating all kinds of items for the Primary children. He enjoyed opportunities to travel and always had an innate curiosity that kept him learning.
Chick is survived by his wife Kathy; brother Ronald; sisters Marlene Dent and Wanda (Alex) Pahl; brother-in-law Homer Williams; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Betty Williams; brother-in-law George Dent; sister-in-law Frankie Freeman; and nephews and nieces.
- Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Shadow Mountain Chapel, 124 N. Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah.
- A visitation will be held prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.
- Interment will be in Tonaquint Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.
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