William Joseph Frost “Bill” passed away peacefully the night of November 7, 2012 at his home in Hood River, Oregon with his son, Mike and daughter, Lynn holding his hands. He was a man of great faith and demonstrated that by generously giving his time, energy and resources to honor God and love people. A service to mourn Bill’s passing and celebrate his life is planned for 11 am, Tuesday, November 20 at the First Baptist Church, Hood River, Oregon.
Bill was born in Springfield, Illinois on January 22, 1927. His parents were Wilford and Sarah Frost. The family moved to Orange County, California to find work during the depression. “Billy” was the youngest of the four brothers; Wilford Jr., Lewis and Burt and three sisters; Lucille, Ruth and Betty. Some of the childhood stories he shared were of never wearing shoes, boxing matches in the yard and being a Boy Scout earning the Eagle Scout badge. He graduated from Huntington Beach High School mid-year and was immediately drafted into the US army in January 1945. While on the ship to Japan the bomb was dropped, so he served during the occupation. While deployed, Bill broke his back in an accident and following his recovery was released. He returned to California and attended Fullerton Jr. College to become a land surveyor and played football. He started an ice delivery business with a friend Cliff Bonner. Their biggest customer was Walter Knott who owned the now famous Knott’s Berry Farm.
Bill met his wife, Jackie Brown at the beach. They dated less than a year. One week after they were baptized, they were married on March 23, 1951 in the First Christian Church. [Top photo: Bill and Jackie, 1968]
Bill’s built a successful career as a surveyor in Southern California. He was the chief of party for the National Boy Scout Jamboree camp site which is now Jamboree Road in Newport Beach, CA, followed by his survey work on the original Disneyland in Anaheim. He later became a partner of the surveying and land planning company RBF (Robert Bein and William Frost) Consultants. Though Bill was busy in his career, family and church life were his top priority. Bill and Jackie helped start two churches, Camille Christian Church in Santa Ana in the early 50’s and Harbor Christian Church in Newport Beach in the early 60’s. Family and friends gathered often in their home for barbeques or at the beach for cook-outs. The main course often featured fresh fish, lobster or abalone depending on what Bill’s last skin dive or fishing trip provided. Bill worked hard and played hard.
Bill and Jackie lived in Orange County, CA until 1982, when they moved to the Cooper Spur Ranch in Parkdale, OR to fulfill a dream of operating a cattle ranch in the country. An avid John Wayne fan, Bill loved the western lifestyle. Jackie and Bill enjoyed the great adventure of life in the country and made many fond memories, but decided to move “to town” and in 1992 they relocated into Hood River.
After the ranch, Bill wasn’t ready to retire and he spent time working in Real Estate for Hershner & Bell realty. He was active at the First Baptist Church and was instrumental in helping Horizon School establish their Pacific Avenue campus. Bill also served on the board of directors for Opportunity Connections. Spending time with his grandchildren, golfing with his neighbor, or taking his wife out for lunch, Bill liked to stay busy. Bill and Jackie enjoy some amazing travels together in recent years.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Lynn M. Snyder and her husband, Don Snyder of Costa Mesa, California and Christine S. Frost of Hood River, Oregon; sons Michael W. Frost and wife, Susan of Hood River, Oregon and Kurtis J. Frost ; grandchildren, Laura L. Wittmeyer, Sara C. Snyder and husband, Pierre Comizzoli, Heather M. Brady and husband, Jason Brady, Matthew W. Snyder, Lauren A. Munk and husband James Munk, Michael J. Frost and James D. Frost; great granddaughter Ada Comizzoli, great grandson, Elio Comizzoli and many numerous other distant family and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Frost; his parents Wilford and Sarah Frost, his brothers Sonny, Burt and sisters Lucille and Ruth .
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Please visit our website to leave a note of condolence for family www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com.