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Loren Henry Freeman

December 11, 1940 ~ April 30, 2022 (age 81)

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Loren H. Freeman was born December 11, 1940 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was the tenth out of eleven children of Leroy and Ethel Freeman. In 1943 they moved to Shelton, Washington, where Loren grew up helping with duties on the farm where they milked cows and raised chickens for butcher and eggs. In 1951, they moved to Idaho in the Wilder area, and eventually bought a farm in the Riverside Community where he attended grade school. He attended High School across the Snake River in Marsing, Idaho. Loren was very active in High School. He participated in Football, Wrestling, FFA (Future Farmers of America), where he was the President in during the 1957-58 school year, Band where he played the Saxophone, and believe it or not Drama class, where he had role in a play that made the local news paper with schoolmate Fred Hill. It was through his participation in the FFA during the Career Development Events Competitions up in Moscow, Idaho in the spring of 1958, when his good friend Tommy Bershears showed him a picture of the woman who became the love of his life Brenda Nadean Smith. Loren and Brenda married were married on January 1, 1959.
Loren worked for a local farmer as farmhand for couple of years, before he tried his hand at operating his own dairy for a while. In 1966 he and Brenda bought a farm south of Nampa, Idaho. Loren worked in town as steel worker at Pacific Iron and Steel, while farming in the evenings and on the weekends. In 1970, Loren leased some near by farmland and went into farming fulltime. He grew hay, sweet corn seed, beans, wheat, and sugar beets, and always had some cattle. In1973, Loren and Brenda bought their farm out north of Caldwell, on Old Hwy 30, and expanded their farming operation. During the majority of Loren’s farming career he drove semi trucks in the winter months hauling agriculture products in Idaho and throughout the northwest.
Loren believed that you should always give back more than you take, and he proved that through his service to his community, and his industry. He was a Lifetime Elk Member at the Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448. He served on the Canyon County Weed and Gopher Control Board for several years. He served on Middleton School board from 1984-1993. He served on the Nyssa-Nampa Sugar Beet Growers Association board from 1989-1997, where he got go Washington D.C. and lobby for the Sugar Industry. In 1997, Loren became a founding board member of the Snake River Sugar Company Cooperative, where he served until 2000. It was through the Sugar Beet Industry that he and Brenda got travel to several different parts of the nation to attend National Sugar Beet Conferences, which created memories and friendships that they have cherished a great deal.
Loren was a true believer in the 4-H and FFA youth programs, and he was an avid supporter. He help Brenda lead a 4-H club for 10 years, he help his children and grandchildren with their 4-H and FFA projects, and attended many county fair auctions over the decades. He helped his son and daughter in-law start the Idaho FFA Foundation Tractor Raffle Scholarship program, which is now in its twelfth year, and has raised approximately $231,200 for scholarships for FFA students throughout the state of Idaho. Loren attributed much of his life long successes to his Agriculture Education courses and his FFA experience’s in High School.
Loren absolutely loved to hunt with his sons, packing with horses and mules into the backcountry whenever they had the chance. And fishing, well that was a whole nother story. He and his good friend Blaine Overman would gather up who ever they could and jaunt off to Alaska, to test the waters. They were always successful whether they caught any fish or not, or weather they could find anyone to go with them or not. They didn’t care, they were in Alaska fishing and that was a success!
Loren is survived by his wife Brenda, their daughter Brenda Jean, of Nampa, their son Sid (Pam) of Caldwell, Idaho, their son Robin (Vickie) of Council, Idaho, 7 wonderful grand children, Rheanna, Jake, Sam, Justin, Mandy, Kendra, Wesley, and 10 wonderful great grand children.
A Memorial gathering at the Caldwell Elks Lodge at 5:00 pm, with a dinner and dance following. The Freeman family would be honored for all to come and celebrate Loren’s life with us. In lieu of flowers the family would like to request that donations be made to one of the following, in the name of Loren H. Freeman:

Idaho FFA Foundation, P.O. Box 827, Star, ID 83669,

Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448, 1015 N Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605

Idaho Alzheimer’s Assoc., P.O. Box 4746, Boise ID 83711,

He was the greatest man we ever knew. Loren Henry Freeman, born December 11, 1940, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Our father passed April 30, 2022, at 4:45pm, peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones. We know he immediately went straight to heaven and told our Lord that it was a bit dry down here and his boyz needed some rain, because it started raining at 4:46 pm.
Although we can walk in his boots, but we will never be able to fill them.
We love you dad, peace be with you. Now go find your buddy Blaine Overman and start bate'n hooks in heaven. We will take good care of mother.

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June 3, 2022

5:00 PM
Caldwell Elk's Lodge
1015 N Kimball Ave
Caldwell, ID 83605
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