Chad’s Obitiuary

Chad Eric Freese died on September 23, 2017, he was forty-four years old.  He was born on January 23, 1973 in Stoughton, Wisconsin.  He was the third of four children born to Richard Wesley Freese and Sharon Kay Freese.

Chad moved to Corona, California and then to Aurora, Colorado before settling in Tempe, Arizona.  Chad attended high school in Tempe at Corona Del Sol where he starred in football and baseball.  A good student and an excellent athlete led to the University of Redlands, California.  Chad excelled in football and baseball while earning a B.S. in Business Administration.

Chad moved back to the Phoenix area and began work for Aerotek.  Chad married Janice Semora on July 8, 2000 on Catalina Island.

He later divorced and would meet Desari “Des” Herrera whom he would call his best friend for the remainder of his life and whom he recently asked to be his wife.  Before moving to Prescott, Chad and Des began work in the real estate field.  They flipped homes and bought and sold hundreds of homes over the years.  When the economy went through a tremendous change in 2008 and beyond, they helped hundreds to sell their homes and start over.

He and Des would move to Prescott, Arizona and would have several “children” over the years of the four legged variety.  Chad loved his dogs and poured out his love to these “kids” and to his nephews and nieces.

Each summer he and Des hosted Aiden and Zack Othic.  Chad and Des opened their home to Chandler Freese for over a year while Chad taught him to play golf while teaching him to appreciate his beloved dogs.  Competitive in all aspects of his life, none more so than on the golf course or card table.  A sure way to raise Chad’s ire was to make a wrong move at the card table or as a teammate on the golf course.

Chad had an impeccable work ethic, hard work was a way of life for him, but he took time to be with those he loved.  He was deadly serious, but had a streak just as silly and kind.  He was a romantic at heart who loved Christmas like a child his whole life and thrived on routine.  He and Des loved to hike and run the beautiful landscape of Arizona with their dogs. When not hiking he was rooting on his beloved Denver Broncos.

Anyone who knew Chad was aware of his keen sense of grooming.  He was impeccable in his dress and personal presentation.  He would shower and blow-dry his hair BEFORE football practice.  Chad truly never met a shower he didn’t like.  His appearance was indicative of how he was in all areas of his life.  He demanded the best from those around him and from himself.  These qualities made him a person who others looked to for guidance and direction.  His example will be missed almost as much his presence.

Chad is survived by his fiancé Des Herrera of Prescott, Arizona; his mother, Sharon Freese of Mesa, Arizona; his grandmother, Sara Jane Myers of Lena, Illinois; his brothers, Todd Freese of Midland, Texas; Troy Freese of Tempe, Arizona; his sister, Kimberly Othic of Tucson, Arizona and numerous nephews and nieces.

Chad was preceded in death by his father, Richard Wesley Freese.

Services will be at ____________________________

A memorial fund has been set up at

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