Frosty Westering "Attaway" Forrest "Frosty" Westering made his mark in life by inspiring people. The vehicle he used was coaching football alongside sharing with people of all ages that life's journey is meant to be treasured. He is revered as one of the most successful and impacting coaches in the history of college football, yet through all of his success, awards and accolades, he lived a life aimed at glorifying God. He traveled the world sharing this enthusiasm with whoever he came in contact with. Born Forrest Edward Westering in 1927 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Frosty became known for his zeal, creativity and enthusiasm for life and sports. He met his surviving wife Donna Belle Jones very early in life where in first grade there is a picture capturing them in the same class. Donna remembers how she wrote on her pencil box, "Donna Belle loves Frosty." He grew up in Missouri Valley, Iowa, where his dad was a pharmacist and his mom a school teacher. As the years progressed, they dated through high school, college (attending separate schools) and through his time in the U.S. Marines. After that, it was marriage in 1951 and five children, Holly, Sue, Brad, Scott and Stacey (later thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren). Their travels led them to successful Midwest high school and college coaching stops (acquiring his masters and doctorate degree in education along the way) which would ultimately lead him to Pacific Lutheran University in 1972. His 32 years at PLU as head football coach and university professor are legendary with community, regional, statewide, national and international acclaim. Frosty stepped down from coaching in 2003 with an ongoing enthusiasm and zest for life that he continued to share with everyone that crossed his path. Through the course of writing two books based on his coaching and life philosophies (Make The Big Time Where You Are and The Strange Secret of The Big Time), thousands of people have responded to how these simple truths and stories have changed their view on living life to its fullest while enjoying the trip. Matthew 5:16 was his favorite verse: '...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.' It is difficult to imagine the bright light his life cast and how magnificent the reflection of Jesus was to so many. Of the 'many' his life and message affected, each one of us individually felt like we were his focus, his favorite, his friend. His life was so fruitful even in his flaws, but we believe in his death there is a culmination to the message that resounded from his lips, his life and his family: 'Men and women, this is all about Jesus! The 'Blue Car' is about Jesus. The 'Man in the Arena' is about Jesus. The 'Double Win' is about Jesus. Those Championships were about Jesus.' We will cry our tears and our hearts will be broken, but his message will spill from our lips and his way of love will be expressed by each. And we will smile because we had a rare opportunity to meet a man who was like no other. A service celebrating Frosty's life will be held at Life Center Church in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 11:00am. There will be an "Afterglow" at PLU Olsen Auditorium that same day starting at 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, we redirect your possible gifts and donations to The Frosty & Donna Westering Legacy Football Fund payable to the Lutheran Community Foundation attention Frosty & Donna Fund, mailing address: Lutheran Community Foundation - 625 Fourth Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415. We invite you to learn more about the impact of Frosty's life by going to Google and type in Frosty Westering.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 21, 2013