J.M. Frost III was born on August 21, 1914 in Houston, where he died on June 20, 2013. A fourth generation Texan, whose family arrived shortly before the Texas Revolution, and lifelong resident of Houston, J.M. attended Lanier Middle School and San Jacinto High School, where he met his future wife of 72 years, Mickey Frost. Thereafter, J.M. attended Rice Institute, graduating in 1936. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained a BA (1937) and MA (1938) in Geology, was a member of the Society of the Sigma Xi and Sigma Gamma Epsilon and a teaching assistant. His further graduate work in Geology, which had focused on heaving shales of the Gulf Coast, was cut short when he entered the oil field, applying his geological training to enhance US domestic oil exploration and production, so critical during the war. J.M.'s interest in oil and gas exploration and production as well as his passions for horses, farming and ranching endured throughout his life. He was able to go to the ranch every morning and the office every day into his 90's, and his last trip to the rice fields was a few weeks ago. He was a founding member of The Petroleum Club of Houston and a member of The Colonneh Club. An avid horseman, rider, breeder and owner, J.M.'s love of horses came naturally from his ranching family heritage, and began even before he rode his pony "Pinto" to school every day, tying it under the tree that still stands in front of Lanier Middle School. His lifelong involvement with horses ranged from jumping horses, as a young man, to cutting horses, as a rider, owner and breeder, to race horses, as a breeder and owner. (In addition to racing horses, J.M. was also an avid pigeon racer.) He was inducted into the National Cutting Horse Hall of Fame and was a Director Emeritus of the American Quarter Horse Association. Even though he ceased breeding quarter horses forty years ago, he still stands as one of the largest breeders of American Quarter Horse Champions. In March 2013, he attended and was recognized at the 73rd Annual AQHA Convention as the senior member of the AQHA board. None of J.M's business pursuits could have been accomplished without the support and effort of the numerous, lifelong members of the Frost Ranch family, whose work will endure and to whom he will be eternally grateful. He is survived by his son Ford Jay Frost, his granddaughter Ann Chiles ("Sparky") Frost, his daughter-in-law Claudia Wilson Frost and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents J.M. Frost, Jr. and Julia Settegast Frost, his brother W. Scott Frost, his sister Marian Frost Keenan, and his wife Martha Ehman ("Mickey") Frost. Special thanks are given to the many doctors and caregivers who provided him such devoted care and comfort during the last years of his life. A Funeral Service will be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon Friday, the 28th of June 2013, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Main Street at Holman.
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The family will receive guests at a reception immediately following at the Church.
In lieu of usual remembrances, and for those who desire, memorials in J.M's name may be directed to The Colonneh Club Scholarship at Rice University, Resource Development, Rice University, MS 81, PO Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251.
Published in Houston Chronicle from June 26 to June 28, 2013