Bobby C. Freeze
Published in The Desert
Sun on 7/19/2008
Bobby C. Freeze, 71,
of Cincinnati, OH, born in 1937, passed away June 30, 2008. After arriving
from Arkansas in the late 1940s, Bobby Freeze attended Indio public schools.
He excelled in youth (and later, in adult) softball, and in the process
established lifelong friendships on those dusty, wind-swept fields of
the Coachella Valley.
He is remembered as a hard working and generous friend who, with that
Arkansas twang and winning smile, was always ready to offer anyone a ride
to the Burger Box or the Salton Sea in his '55 Ford.
A gifted athlete, Bobby participated in football and basketball while
attending Coachella Valley Union High School. But it was his mastery of
baseball that set him apart and gave him the unique identity as the "best...pound
for pound" player of his CV generation ("a Bobby Freeze at bat
was a line drive waiting to happen"). As a team captain and all-league
performer, he helped lead the Chuck Pryor coached teams of the 1950s to
three league championships.
Following graduation in 1957, Bobby enrolled at Riverside City College
where he was the starting shortstop for two years. He also attended Pepperdine
University on scholarship then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
where he played for the MCRD Baseball team. That experience led to his
signing a contract with the Chicago White Sox organization. He played
for one year before an arm injury ended his brief professional career.
But that did not diminish his affection for the game as he continued to
play in city leagues for many more years.
An avid outdoorsman, Bobby settled in Weed, CA, for most of his adult
life. He married and had three daughters, Kori, Kristi, and Karol. Bobby
raised his family on a small ranch, in a small town, North of Weed, CA.
Bobby worked in the lumber industry throughout his adult life ending his
career in the mid-1990's at Roseburg Lumber Co. Many will remember Bobby
driving that yellow Roseburg truck around town or seeing him heading out
to Shasta Lake to go fishing on his boat.
Stricken with Parkinson's Disease, at an early age, Bobby's challenges
were great. But given the strong man that he was, he met each challenge
and overcame it. In 2000, Bobby moved to Cincinnati, OH, to be closer
to his eldest daughter, Kori, as his health challenges escalated.
It is in Cincinnati where he died on June 30, 2008, and is survived by
his 3 girls and their spouses, and his 8 grandchildren (Madison, Grant,
Ashley, Hannah, Ainsley, Claira, Audrey and Donovan).
He was a strong, quiet, and very private man who was always there for
his family and friends. We will miss his smile; we will miss his support.
True to his nature, Bobby fought a courageous and gallant battle with
Parkinson's. We honor him and pray that he rests in peace.
Services for Bobby will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.
at the Winema Cemetery in Weed, CA. Immediately following, his daughters
will honor him in a softball game located at the Bel-Air Park in Weed,
CA, where family and friends can celebrate Bobby's life. Bring your glove
and stories of Bobby.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to the Davis
Phinney Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to improve
the lives of people living with Parkinson's disease as well as fund innovative
research to prevent and cure the crippling disease.