Dr. Ron Freeman passed away peacefully on Oct. 25, 2019, with his wife, Lisa, and his four loving children at his side.
Ron was born in Castro Valley to parents Prentice Martin and Bethel Ray Freeman. From an early age, Ron embraced the blue-collar work ethic of his parents. The second born of their three sons, Ron was as gifted a student as he was a talented athlete. The Freemans moved to Livermore in 1961 and set their roots in the town Ron would call home for the rest of his life. Ron’s early years were spent filled with family gatherings, camping trips and sports. Lifelong friendships with Brent Dixon and Dave Daley were formed during Ron’s childhood. Cousins Cori and Don, along with brothers Rory and Bill, spent many weekends filled with laughter and fun.
Ron attended Joe Michell Elementary, Mendenhall Middle School, and Granada High School. While at Granada Ron won EBAL Championships in both football and wrestling. On the football field Ron was first team all EBAL on offense and defense. On the wrestling mat Ron competed for state championships in both 191’s and heavyweights.
After high school, Ron attended Chabot College where he continued to earn accolades as a two-sport athlete and prepare scholastically for his post-athletic endeavors. Ron opened his own business, Freeman Steam Carpet Cleaning, a venture that supported his education.
Ron first set eyes on his future bride, Lisa Lee Robertson, in the fall of 1978 at his younger brother’s football game. A few weeks later Ron asked Lisa out on a date and the rest was history. Ron declined opportunities to pursue multiple wrestling scholarships, instead transferring to UC Davis to pursue a career in dentistry and his blossoming relationship with Lisa. Ron and Lisa married on Nov. 8, 1980. They spent their first years living in married-student housing at Davis. In 1981, Ron was accepted into the University of the Pacific Dental Program. Ron and Lisa moved to Pittsburgh, Calif., while Ron was attending dental school and continued his carpet business to pay the bills. Ron and Lisa welcomed their first son, Craig, in 1983.
In 1984 Ron graduated dental school with his sights already set on opening his own dental practice in his hometown of Livermore. In the fall of 1984, Springtown Dental Office opened its doors. Shortly thereafter his first daughter, Destany, was born. In the years following, Ron’s practice doubled its footprint as did his family, welcoming twins Amber and Derrick in 1988. Ron was an active father and participated in all of his children’s activities. Ron was a devoted coach and fan for his kids as they played youth sports, rarely missing a game through their high school playing days. Ron volunteered with their schools, chaperoned field trips, and helped with homework. His home was a place for social gatherings, and had a revolving door of friends and family alike for all of life’s major celebrations. Ron and Lisa chaperoned memorable Senior Trips with large groups of their children’s friends to Cabo San Lucas.
Springtown Dental Office moved across town in 2003 changing its name to Freeman Family Dentistry. The updated practice allowed “Dr. Ron” to give his patients and staff all of the latest technology and advancements available. Ron valued his patients and considered it an honor to provide their dental care. Ron loved his “team” and considered them part of his family. He loved being a part of the community of Livermore. Ron remained active with the GHS Boosters supporting the event in honor of the Olympian Award, of which he was a prior recipient. Ron served many years with Livermore Community Dental Consortium offering care to underserved children within the Livermore School District. Ron was a proud member of the California Freemasons. Ron remained a devoted 49ers and Giants fan attending countless games with family and friends, hosting Super Bowl parties, and enjoyed the Giants’ 3 World Series runs.
Ron is preceded in death by his father Marty and brother Bill. He is survived by his mother Bethel, his brother Roark, his wife Lisa of 38 years, sons Craig and Derrick, daughters Destany (Cardwell) and Amber (Ottersen), sons-in-law Brandon Cardwell and Erik Ottersen, daughters-in-law Ashley Freeman and Sarah Freeman, as well as grandchildren Graden (11), Atley (9), Landon (8), Porter (5), Lexi (5), Logan (2) and Kaylee (9 mos.).
Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., at Crosswinds Church, 1660 Freisman Rd., Livermore. Casual attire or your favorite 49ers or Giants apparel are warmly welcomed.
A celebration of life will follow immediately after at the Freeman residence, 2020 Larrys Pl., Livermore. Additional parking is available on Lomitas Ave., and the celebration can be accessed via 1674 Lomitas Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ron’s name to St. Jude’s Hospital or any charity close to your heart.