Ervin "Gene" Eugene Freeman

Jun 26, 1941 - Jan 5, 2016


Ervin Eugene Freeman
June 26, 1941 – January 5, 2016
Ervin Eugene “Gene” Freeman, 74, passed away on January 5th, 2016 in Carmichael, CA due to a heart attack.

Gene was born on June 26, 1941 in Escondido, CA, he was the son of the late Troy and Stella Freeman. The family moved to Arkansas when Gene was two years old and the family stayed on their farm while his father went to serve in World War II. In 1952, they moved to Sanger, CA.

Gene attended Sanger High School and after graduation he worked for a few years at Dow Chemical in Fresno, CA. He then attended trade school in Springfield, MO. to learn office equipment repair. This is where he met and proposed to Dottie Vanwinkle. Gene returned to Sanger and worked for a company repairing office equipment. After a few months, Gene was able to save up enough money for an engagement ring for Dottie. Gene mailed the ring to Dottie and shortly after she moved to Sanger. They were married in 1964 at the Southern Baptist Church.

In 1965 he was offered a job in San Francisco with the State of California. They lived in San Francisco for one year and then moved to Sacramento. In 1976 the family moved back to Sanger and then in 1986 they then moved to Elk Grove, CA.

In 1988, Gene was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had surgery to remove most of his pancreas. Due to the surgery he became diabetic. Gene never let his diabetes keep him from doing the things he enjoyed.

After 36 years with the State of California, Gene retired in 2001. He & Dottie sold their home in Elk Grove and purchased a motorhome and spent a year travelling and followed the World of Outlaws, sprint car series.

Those that know Gene, know he never met a stranger. He enjoyed meeting many people and was always willing to help anybody. We would like to think he touched so many people’s lives.
He enjoyed gardening, camping, hunting & fishing , coaching and being involved in his kid’s activities . He loved many things, he especially loved sprint car racing and all the many friends he made at the race tracks.
He doted on his three granddaughters and enjoyed getting to spend quality time with each of them. He loved going to their sporting events, recitals and musicals. He was very proud of each of them.
His main passions in life, was his family, friends, and his racing family.
Gene is survived by his wife Dorothy “Dottie” Freeman of Orangevale, CA, his son Greg Freeman & his wife Stephanie of Clovis, CA, his daughter Staci Humphers & her husband Paul of Roseville, CA, and his granddaughters, Kieli & Mekenzi Humphers & Stella Freeman, his brother Harold Freeman of Sanger, CA.

Service will be held at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA. on Jan. 13th. Viewing at 9:00am and service at 10:00am.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


  • Marsha Horton says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in California with this great loss. We here in Arkansas know that you have lost a precious family man. Marsha and Tony Horton and Jim Horton

  • Jerry Freeman says:

    Dottie, Greg, Staci, and Families, Harold and Autrie Freeman and Families – We share your sadness and loss. Whenever I think of our Cousin Gene, I remember what good times we had a long time ago watching the Hardtops run at Kearney Bowl. I also remember after the races that the “second race” would start as Gene and my late Brother John Freeman also liked to drive their cars quite fast, “draggin Main” in Fresno, and on the way home. Yes, Gene was a Freeman in every way, just like his Dad & Mom and my Dad & Mom, he “never met a stranger”. We will always have good memories of Gene and his Family. You are in our prayers. Sincerely, The Clovis Freemans, Jerry & Yolanda Freeman

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