On May 27, 2021, our beloved Frosty passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus. It is with great sadness and our hearts are left broken, but his 101 years and 11 months on earth leaves a legacy of kindness, loyalty, selflessness, and faith for all. After a short decline in his health, he was ready to meet Jesus. He was tired and ready to go home. We are sad to lose such a patriotic, respectful, charitable, patient, and NASCAR/Dodger loving man, but we are filled with joy knowing he is made healthy and whole again, eternally and peacefully with God.
Forrest Templeton Frost was born in July of 1919, to Isaac and Ella Mae Frost from Tennessee, he grew up in a small town in Sanger, California. He knew hard work from an early age and often talked of his first job pumping the water to feed the livestock. As he remembers, the buckets were bigger and heavier than him. Later, he learned to drive the farm tractor, and by 14, he was professionally driving a truck. About that time, he met Mary Maser, the love of his life. They married a few years later, and soon after, he was off to join the Navy to fight in WWII. Frosty served as the Chief Engineer aboard the USS YOG 76, a fuel tanker that supplied troops, ships, and planes with fuel during the war in the Pacific. His fuel barge was present at battles including Tinian, Saipan, and Iwo Jima. He loved his country and never missed the opportunity to salute the flag for which it stands.
Shortly after the war, Frosty and Mary moved to Bakersfield where they started a life and raised a family. Son, Kenneth Dale Frost (who preceded him in death at 42 years old), and daughter, Connie Sue Frost Wood, were the lights of his life. Although working hard with Shell Oil Company for 40 years as a Plant Superintendent kept him busy, he always had time for his family. Camping trips, fishing, cards and Disneyland are some of his most precious memories.
Upon retirement, he and Mary moved to Grover Beach to spend their "Golden Years" together at California's Central coast where he was an active member of The American Legion, Moose, Elks and Basin Street Regulars. They shared in many fun times and enjoyed life together until Mary's passing in 2003. Many people asked Frosty, "What is the secret to old age?" and he gave the same reply every time: “After Mary passed, I had two choices, think my life was over too, or do something more with it." Everything is attitude, and at 83 years old, he continued giving back to others. He delivered meals for 5 Cities Meals on Wheels five days a week. At the Oceano Elks Lodge he was a trustee, worked in the kitchen and later as a cashier four days a week. He said it kept him young. His continued love for his fellow veterans and country led him to Welcome Home Military Heroes, where he spent time honoring veterans by participating in flag salutes and parades all over the central coast. It made his heart swell meeting other veterans like himself, and proud being one of the few remaining WWII veterans. One time there was a 102nd birthday drive salute and Frosty said, “It was nice not being the oldest one for a change."
His love, service, kindness, and gentlemanly ways will always be remembered. He didn't look at the glass as being half full, nor half empty, but available for all who were thirsty.
Although his footsteps can never be filled, he leaves behind a beautiful legacy of love. Frosty is survived by his daughter, Connie Frost Wood of Grover Beach, CA, a granddaughter, Melanie Frost Trichler of Renton, WA, three grandsons, Corey Wood (and wife Chaudra) of Roseville, CA, Casey Wood (and wife Sarah) of Boerne, TX, and Bryan Frost of Redmond, WA, and four great-grandchildren, Cadence, Cheira, Noah and Gabriel. Frosty is preceded in death by his wife Mary, son Kenneth Dale, two brothers Orville and William, and parents Isaac and Ella Mae.
The family will receive friends from 2-6 pm on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel. Services for Frosty will be held June 12 at 10 am at New Life Church in Pismo, followed by Military graveside honors at Arroyo Grande Cemetery. Then, a Celebration of Life from 1–4 pm at the Oceano Elks Lodge.
Donations in his honor can be made to 5 Cities Meals on Wheels, the Oceano Elks Lodge, Welcome Home Heroes, or New Life Church.
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