David Michael Freeman

March 25, 1965May 15, 2019

David Michael Freeman, 54, born March 25, 1965 in St. Paul, MN, passed away May 15, 2019 in Mesa, AZ. He was an avid reader and had a love for gardening and his Minnesota Vikings. David was a devoted husband and dedicated father who expressed his love through countless acts of service. His fierce love and commitment to his family and friends was evident in everything he did. He worked in Human Services for many years working with developmentally disabled adults. David worked many positions throughout the years but most enjoyed working directly with people in a vocational setting. David is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 27 years, Joellene [Corey] Freeman; mother, Rosalyn [Anderson] Kaufmann; daughters, Nicole and Savhanna Freeman; his siblings, John Freeman, Tom Freeman, Kerry Kaufmann, Kevin Kaufmann, Cathy Schmitz and Markita Jacobson. He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Kaufmann and his sister, Kim Boudreau. David was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed. Skol David!


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 23, 2019


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Robert Ball

May 19, 2019

I don’t think I’ve seen Dave since about 1985 (we were friends at Central High School). Dave always laughed so freely. A group of us hung out quite a bit. He always had REO Speedwagon cranked up. We snuck out to a Halloween showing of “Dawn of the Dead”, followed by some cave exploring (which didn’t seem as stupid or dangerous back then).

I always wondered how he was doing, but never was able to find him. I’m sad to hear of his passing—all too soon—but I’m glad to know others saw how awesome he was too.

Richard Spencer

May 19, 2019

Dave was my friend. I know they say that when you die, your whole life flashes in front of you. I don’t know about that but when Joellene told me about Dave, every second we ever spent together flashed before my eyes.

Dave was unique. An individual like I have never known. His views on life were formed by his experiences and the books he loved. Dave never failed to be amused and surprised by what life threw his way. I can hear his laugh at the way his life turned out, not at all the way he expected. I am blessed to have shared part of his journey, on that road less travelled.

He was a son, a brother, a good friend, an excellent father and a wonderful husband. Dave was a good man. Looking around at all the lives he touched, I know that we are all richer for having known him and all poorer for our loss.

When we go, we will be remembered by our accomplishments. Dave’s greatest accomplishment is his family, Joellene, Nicole and Savhanna. I cannot fathom your loss. Only know that I wish I was with you.

People say that instead of grieving we should celebrate his life. First I must grieve.