ForeverMissed
Mark Paul Freeman, 65, of Los Angeles, California, passed away on March 22nd after a courageous fight with cancer near his home in Burbank, California.

Mark graduated from Downey High School and promptly joined the Marine Corps as part of the locally famous, Downey Dozen during the Vietnam War era.  After an honorable discharge from the service, Mark began a lifetime career in construction project management, having overseen countless public works and large commercial projects. Mark earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Washington University. 

Anyone who knew Mark, knew that his love of baseball triumphed throughout his life, actively playing in competitive leagues up until the year of his passing. He regularly volunteered in his community and took any chance he could to pass along his passion for baseball to younger generations.

He was a kind and loving partner to his spouse Elizabeth, as well as an amazing father to his children Matthew and Katie. Aside from being survived by his wife and children, Mark also leaves behind his four siblings and two grandchildren.

The family will hold a funeral in the coming weeks and will provide additional information when available.

Posted by Elizabeth Grieve on April 10, 2021
My handsome brother, you taught me how to ski at snow valley when I was a little girl on the rope tows. I have loved to ski ever since. I remember when a kid on our street called me names you beat him up and made him apologize to me. You let me ride in your Trans Am and we listened to Super Tramp Breakfast in America, one of my favorites and now on my Pandora play list , I think of you every time I hear it. You were a great big brother always protective and loving. I was sad but proud when you joined the Marines, I guess I didn’t want you to leave. My heart is sad because your gone again but I know that you are happy and free of what was making you sick. I hope you heard me that Sunday, I hope you know how much I love you. Being the only sister was a special spot to be, I was lucky to have you watch over me. I’ll see you again, probably on the diamond is where I’ll find you. Be happy big brother, all my love to you❤️ Your sister
Posted by Jeff Freeman on April 10, 2021
Mark is my Brother, as kids we played sports together from Sun up to Sundown.
Wiffle ball ,over the line, flag football, riding our bikes to the beach on the riverbed and body surfing all day long.
We we're Cub Scouts together and did all the things you do as a Cub Scout, Mark won a couple Trophies for the Pinewood Derby cars he made for fastest car and car design.
Mark took good care of his younger brothers Jeff, Guy and Michael and our sister Liz always making sure that if any older kids were picking on any of us they'd have to deal with Mark and that meant getting "zapped", so we all had a good time in the 60"s and 70's living in Downey.
One time Mark and I had watched the Winter Olympics and this guy Jean Claude Keelly won a bunch of Olympics medals, Mark said "we can do that if some French guy can do it we can too"! We wore our version of good ski apparel...Levi's, no shirts, baseball hats, just two high school knuckleheads having fun and wearing a bunch of scrapes and many razzberries from the many many tumbles and crashes we had that day, the first of our many ski trips together.
Mark never quit on anything, that was something he demonstrated for his siblings and his kids we learned from Mark to always find a way.
Mark joined the Marine Corps and that was an accomplishment he ways always proud of, want to "be like Mark" I joined the Marine Corps too.
Mark had a very honorable service record in the Marines, receiving many Service Medals that distinguished his service for Leadership and meeting the Highest of Marine Corps Standards in his responsibilities as a Sergeant.
After the Marines Mark and I shared a couple apartments in Orange County and we had a heck of a lot fun and being of Irish decent we specialized in Shenanigan's, I want to emphasize Fun and Shenanigan's!
Mark possessed "Divine Discontent" he knew he always could improve, whether that was improving his education, excelling at baseball
,learning Ju Jitsu or improving as a Husband and Father he always strived to be not just good or better Mark wanted to be the best!
Being a devoted husband to Elizabeth, a great father to Matt and Katie was what he wanted to leave as his Legacy.
Mark you did it!
Elizabeth married a great husband, Katie and Matt had that special relationship with a loving and devoted Father.
Mark you know that your Son and Daughter will raise their kids to be good people, patriots, go getters in life who will be "Little Mark's" continuing "The Mark Freeman Way" or they may get "Zapped" if they do otherwise.
Via Con Dios Mark,
I miss you and love you all the days of my life.
Your Brother
Jeff
Posted by Mason Hekking on April 6, 2021
Mark,
You will be missed and loved forever!!
I will never forget when we went hiking and when we played baseball together and when we went to Jamba Juice. <3
                                         
                                        Love:
                                             Mason aka Mason-Dixon
Posted by Will Freeman on April 2, 2021
My Uncle Mark was an amazing guy. I've never met someone who was so passionate and lived so wholeheartedly. I was really fortunate to have him as an uncle. He taught me books-worth of facts about sports, always amazed me with his devotion to learning and inspired me to be even a fraction as passionate about my hobbies as he was. I'll always remember trips up to Bass Lake, a spot he was so proud to share. Mark Freeman always made me proud to be a Freeman. I love you Uncle Mark.
Posted by Katie Hogan on April 1, 2021
My Dad was a man of unwavering character and an exceptional father, loving our family so well. He had an infectious sense of humor and a true zest for life! He will be deeply missed and in our hearts forever. I find comfort knowing he is now in God's loving arms in heaven (undoubtably on a baseball field) and we will someday meet again. For now I will hold tight to the precious memories and the special love we shared my entire life.
I miss you and love you Daddy.

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Posted by Elizabeth Grieve on April 10, 2021
My handsome brother, you taught me how to ski at snow valley when I was a little girl on the rope tows. I have loved to ski ever since. I remember when a kid on our street called me names you beat him up and made him apologize to me. You let me ride in your Trans Am and we listened to Super Tramp Breakfast in America, one of my favorites and now on my Pandora play list , I think of you every time I hear it. You were a great big brother always protective and loving. I was sad but proud when you joined the Marines, I guess I didn’t want you to leave. My heart is sad because your gone again but I know that you are happy and free of what was making you sick. I hope you heard me that Sunday, I hope you know how much I love you. Being the only sister was a special spot to be, I was lucky to have you watch over me. I’ll see you again, probably on the diamond is where I’ll find you. Be happy big brother, all my love to you❤️ Your sister
Posted by Jeff Freeman on April 10, 2021
Mark is my Brother, as kids we played sports together from Sun up to Sundown.
Wiffle ball ,over the line, flag football, riding our bikes to the beach on the riverbed and body surfing all day long.
We we're Cub Scouts together and did all the things you do as a Cub Scout, Mark won a couple Trophies for the Pinewood Derby cars he made for fastest car and car design.
Mark took good care of his younger brothers Jeff, Guy and Michael and our sister Liz always making sure that if any older kids were picking on any of us they'd have to deal with Mark and that meant getting "zapped", so we all had a good time in the 60"s and 70's living in Downey.
One time Mark and I had watched the Winter Olympics and this guy Jean Claude Keelly won a bunch of Olympics medals, Mark said "we can do that if some French guy can do it we can too"! We wore our version of good ski apparel...Levi's, no shirts, baseball hats, just two high school knuckleheads having fun and wearing a bunch of scrapes and many razzberries from the many many tumbles and crashes we had that day, the first of our many ski trips together.
Mark never quit on anything, that was something he demonstrated for his siblings and his kids we learned from Mark to always find a way.
Mark joined the Marine Corps and that was an accomplishment he ways always proud of, want to "be like Mark" I joined the Marine Corps too.
Mark had a very honorable service record in the Marines, receiving many Service Medals that distinguished his service for Leadership and meeting the Highest of Marine Corps Standards in his responsibilities as a Sergeant.
After the Marines Mark and I shared a couple apartments in Orange County and we had a heck of a lot fun and being of Irish decent we specialized in Shenanigan's, I want to emphasize Fun and Shenanigan's!
Mark possessed "Divine Discontent" he knew he always could improve, whether that was improving his education, excelling at baseball
,learning Ju Jitsu or improving as a Husband and Father he always strived to be not just good or better Mark wanted to be the best!
Being a devoted husband to Elizabeth, a great father to Matt and Katie was what he wanted to leave as his Legacy.
Mark you did it!
Elizabeth married a great husband, Katie and Matt had that special relationship with a loving and devoted Father.
Mark you know that your Son and Daughter will raise their kids to be good people, patriots, go getters in life who will be "Little Mark's" continuing "The Mark Freeman Way" or they may get "Zapped" if they do otherwise.
Via Con Dios Mark,
I miss you and love you all the days of my life.
Your Brother
Jeff
Posted by Mason Hekking on April 6, 2021
Mark,
You will be missed and loved forever!!
I will never forget when we went hiking and when we played baseball together and when we went to Jamba Juice. <3
                                         
                                        Love:
                                             Mason aka Mason-Dixon
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Shared by Jeff Freeman on April 11, 2021
On my Wedding Day Mark was my best man and as the big moment was about to happen Mark and I were alone in a room off the sanctuary and Mark said “ hey my shoes are killing me, what size shoe do you wear?, I said 10 he said that’s my size too!, can we switch? I said sure. Mark said oh these are way better.
when our Marriage ceremony started the Reverend asked Pam and myself to kneel down at the stairs in front of the guests and families as the Reverend started to say a blessing over our marriage a whole lot of laughter and commotion was happening, the Reverend halted the Blessing and people started saying “look at the bottom of your shoes!!” Mark had taken white athletic training tape and on the bottom of my left sole of my shoe taped the word “HELP” on my right sole he taped “ME”, once everyone saw it the cameras came out and the Sanctuary erupted with applause and laughter, even the Reverend was have a lot of chuckling , Mark did a lot of these funny “Sneak Attacks” on all his friends and families his whole life, love you Mark 
Jeff
Shared by Kaden hekking on April 6, 2021
Mark,

 You will be missed. I’am going to miss you. I’am  going to miss when we would go to Jamba juice. i will always miss when we went to go on hikes.



                                                Love,
                               KADEN,aka BUFFALO BILL
Shared by Ashley Samaniego on April 2, 2021
Mark,

You were a true Marine. Always competitive and always positive. I miss and will miss coaching you at jiu jitsu. Semper fi, Mark!