James “Jimmy” Marchant Frost, 77, died on March 30, 2021, in the Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana, after a brief illness.
Jimmy was born in Lovell, Wyoming, on May 11, 1943, to James Taggart Frost and Laurine Marchant Frost. He was the eldest of four children. Jimmy was exceptionally intelligent and talented in music and other subjects. He was proficient on the piano by the age of 13 years.
Jimmy received his private pilot’s license in 1960, at the age of 16, making him the youngest person to receive a pilot license that year. Jimmy graduated from Cowley High School as salutatorian with the Class of 1961. After high school he began working for Boeing Corp. in South Dakota, where he worked on missile sites before attending Northwest College for one year. He then attended the University of Wyoming for two years majoring in aeronautical engineering. In 1967 Jimmy joined the National Guard and was Honorably Discharged in November 1973.
Jimmy returned to Lovell where he and his brother, David Frost, formed Frost Brothers in 1966. After 2 years in business together, they joined with their father to form Jim T. Frost & Son’s Construction in 1968. In 1974 Jim T. Frost & Son’s Construction incorporated and formed Frost Construction Co. In subsequent years, Jim and his son, Sean Frost, formed Frost Rock Products Co. (2005) where Jim remained until his death. Jimmy’s area of expertise in the construction business was his estimating skills. He loved nothing more than shaving a competitor by $2,000.00 on a 4-million-dollar job. He always said, “The easiest money you will ever make is the money that you don’t leave on the table.”
Jimmy loved flying his own plane, building roads, making money, and visiting with friends and family about every subject known to man. Later in life he enjoyed the years he spent with his longtime partner Roz Hillman, flying his airplane, boating on the lake, camping on the Big Horn Mountains and spending time with family. Jimmy spent the last several years alone, enjoying his home, and his beautiful view of the Pryor’s and Big Horn Mountains. He enjoyed his time with his family, and his friend Brenda Kawano.
Jimmy was an interesting, a well-informed person with a great sense of humor. It was always fun and enlightening to have a long talk with him.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his and Sandra Teegerstrom’s infant son, Chad, and by his parents. He is survived by his and Kay Caulfield Frost’s son, Sean Damon Frost (Norma), of Byron, Wyoming, daughter, Keri Hull Davis (Sandra Teegerstrom) of South Carolina; by his brother, David Frost (Julie Anne) of Powell, Wyoming; his sister, Shelley Marie Dodson, of Littleton, Colorado, his brother, Tony Frost (Lynette) of Cowley, Wyoming; five grandchildren, Hayley Huntley of Byron, Wyoming, and Jordan Frost of Rapid City, South Dakota; Conner Davis, Berkeley CA., Jordon Davis, Long Beach, CA and Lauren Davis, Huntington Beach, CA and a great-grandson, Zayden Sean Huntley of Byron, Wyoming.
Jimmy will be honored by a family grave-side service at the Cowley Cemetery on April 3, 2021. A full memorial will be held at a later date.
By: John Gillespie Magee Jr.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew –
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
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