Mitchell Charles Freem Jr.

Mitchell Charles Freem Jr.

March 12, 1931 - July 28, 2019
Lake Forest CA

Mitchell Charles Freem Jr.

March 12, 1931 - July 28, 2019
Lake Forest CA



Lake Forest – Mitchell C. Freem Jr. 88 died unexpectedly July 28th, 2019 at his daughter’s home in Calimesa, Ca.

He was born March 12, 1931 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Mitchell C & Helen Freem Sr.

Mitch was a lifeguard and taught lifeguard training to local kids. He joined the Navy at 17 and then after a couple of years joined the Marine Corps where he served for over 30 years. During that time in the Marine Corps he met our mother Shirley. They married and had 4 children. Sadly, Shirley 72, passed away in November 2003. They were married for 47 years.

After retirement he loved to play golf. One of his greatest pleasures was his family.

He was a loyal member in the VFW, American Legion, Cooties and MOAA.

He is survived by his 4 children Michele Celeste Collins McCandless, of Lake Forest, Nanette Sue Howe, of Calimesa, Dawn Dee Southard, of Calimesa & Mitchell Charles Freem III and his wife Gina (Donohoe), of Lake Forest; 8 grandchildren, Michael, Jaime, Mitchell, Nikki, Garrett, Ashley, Matthew & Jenna; 5 great grandchildren Jadin, Gabe, Peyton, Lyla and Kaislee.


Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: August 19, 2019 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: August 19, 2019 (1:31 PM)
  • Venue: Riverside National Cemetery
  • Location: 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92518 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (951) 653-8417

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13 responses to Mitchell Charles Freem Jr.

  1. I’ll always fondly remember “Big Mitch” with his big smile and sense of humor. His forever doting wife, Shirley, will be waiting by heaven’s gate ready for that hug and kiss hello that they demonstrated on a daily basis. He was one of the last original Cavanaugh neighbors and later was always present and helpful with my aging parents and I will be forever grateful to him and the Freem Family for that. May you all find the comfort in your wonderful memories. Our deepest condolences to you as your grieve for your Daddy.???

  2. Jim Pignone says:

    You a great neighbor and you were a Dad to your children.

  3. Very sorry for the families loss! I’m sorry I never got to meet Mitch Jr. but I heard great things about him. Thinking of the family and those that were close to him! ??

  4. Our hearts break for you Mitch and family. I wish I could be there to celebrate your wonderful Dad’s life, but I will be in Canada and Steve in KC this weekend. Huge hugs from our family to yours. Be strong and think of all the wonderful memories. Much love and blessings Ellen, Steve and the Shiffman family.

  5. We are so very sorry for your loss. There’s no doubt in my mind that your father was a great man because he raised a wonderful person like you Mitch. Sending love, peace & comfort to you & the family at this difficult time.

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