Jimmy Freeman died of heart failure on March 19, 2012, at the age of 73. After attending Pacific University and obtaining a degree in science, Freeman went on to get his master’s degree in education from Texas A&M University. He spent his career as a teacher in public schools for about 30 years before he gave it up to work with agriculture. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; his sons, Jason and Kevin; his daughters, Jami and Tiffany; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore.