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Remembering Michael Leonard Freed

2:29 AM · Oct 4, 2022

Michael Leonard Freed, 79, of Winston, Oregon passed away peacefully at his home on August 10, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer. Michael was born December 5, 1942 in San Diego, California to Leonard and Violet (French) Freed. Michael attended San Jose State University, was the President of his class and graduated with a BS in 1966. He enlisted with the US Navy in 1966 and completed two tours in Vietnam where he worked as a navigator and bombardier, earning three US Navy Air Medals. While serving in Vietnam he met his wife, Pamela Prentice, who was his flight attendant on a flight from Hawaii to the Philippines. Michael was honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant in 1971, married Pamela on August 21, 1971 and moved to San Francisco to attend Hastings College of Law at the University of California. After graduating with his JD in 1974, he and Pamela returned to Hawaii and raised their family in Pamela’s hometown of Kailua. Michael was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 1974, practiced law for over 40 years and was recognized by his colleagues and professional organizations as being one of the best arbitrators in Hawaii. Michael’s love for fishing, hunting and farming eventually led him to Winston, OR where he and Pamela established Freed Estate Winery in 2000. Michael is survived by his wife of 51 years Pamela (Prentice) Freed of Winston, OR; son Christopher Freed, wife Julie and granddaughter Cora of Haleiwa, HI; daughter Candice (Freed) Aiston and granddaughters Tania and Talula of Portland, OR; son Bryan Freed and wife Crissy of Winston, OR; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends around the globe. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Violet Freed; brothers Chuck and Jim Freed; and sisters Jody Page and Mary Gillian. Michael was a proud veteran, community member and teller of jokes who will be missed tremendously by all that knew him. Memorial services will be held on October 7, 2022 at 3:00pm at the VA National Cemetery in Roseburg, Oregon and December 2, 2022 at 4:00pm at He’eia State Park in Kaneohe, Hawaii.