James Delbert Freeman passed away on Dec. 27, 2019, due to health complications. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. Jim was born in Pomona, CA on Oct. 1, 1933, to Verna James and James Freeman.

Jim proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, then moved to Santa Barbara. Jim went to work for his Dad, becoming a meat-cutter at Freeman Packing Co. His career spanned approximately 41 years, ending as manager of Food Distributors Corp.

Jim enjoyed Old Spanish Days Fiesta, boat racing, hunting, ocean fishing, trap shooting, restaurant ownership, golf, playing cards, and going to the movies. He always looked forward to a fun time with family and friends.

Jim leaves loving families: Lorraine Freeman, Joy Whitefoot (Dave), Jo Ann Freeman, Jimbo Freeman, Jay Freeman, brother Leslie Freeman (Gail), and Diane Baskin, Lori Harris (Lee), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his daughters Janette Martinez, Jinger Robinett and Julie Main.

The family has requested a private burial. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to your favorite charity supporting veterans and/or cancer research.

A celebration of life, barbecue and sharing of stories is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the “ranch,” 355 Refugio Canyon Road (at Hwy. 101), Goleta. Please RSVP to Joy or JoAnn at flyingdw2@gmail.com or joannswell@gmail.com.