Robert E. Frost

Entrepreneur, professional boat racer, water skiing performer, water kite skier, trapper, furrier, burl wood table manufacturer, llama rancher, livestock panel businessman, government policy maker, food safety trainer, writer, editor, visionary, husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on August 15th, 2011 at his home in Lincoln CA. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Coyne (veterinarian), son, Austin Coyne and granddaughter, Zola. Born in Sacramento, California on August 27, 1943 he was a fourth generation Sacramentan, descendant of the Basler and Strauch families who were early settlers of Sacramento County. Son of the late Ralph Waldo Frost and Alice Basler Frost. Survived by sister, Mary-Alice Morr (Augustus B.) nephew, Brian Morr (Kate) niece, Alison Morr Kolozsi (Bryan) grandnieces, Lauren and Louise Morr, all of Sacramento, CA. Lake Tahoe was the setting for most childhood memories and friendship with Rick Rodda. Cherished memories of boat racing, water skiing and water kite skiing were shared with Rick during Bob's final days. Bob graduated from McClatchy High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation at the University of California, Berkley in 1964. He married Claudia Bunnell in 1969. Together they built a llama ranch in Lincoln and participated in the beginning of the organization of the industry. Bob and Claudia were married for over twenty years and remain friends until his death. During his college years Bob fashioned an entrepreneurial lifestyle that continued right up to his death. As a trapper, furrier, bural wood table manufacturer and livestock panel businessman he maintained his businesses while pursuing other passions. His wildlife, agriculture and livestock endeavors brought him to the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) in 1989. He served as its President in 2003. His vision and energy during his leadership years in USAHA included recruiting individuals, government agencies and national allied organizations that could assist USAHA in dealing with the nation's challenges in wildlife as well as domestic animal health. Bob championed the modernization of the United States' federal animal health laboratories, utilized USAHA partnerships to assist in establishing the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, initiated collaborative efforts between Canada, Mexico and the United States that resulted in the formation of a North American Animal Health Laboratory Network and served on the United States Secretary of Agriculture's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee. Bob initiated through USAHA a "Healthy Wildlife" philosophy that resulted in a fifty state collaborative wildlife health initiative and Yellowstone National Park's "Yellowstone Wildlife Health Program. Bob served since 2006 as a member of the United States Secretary of Agriculture's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee. Bob was a Professional Member of Teddy Roosevelt's century old Boone and Crockett Club and serves as Wildlife Liaison to the Club's President. Bob scored for the Boone and Crockett Club from 1967 until his death. With boundless energy, Bob never held back his opinion and his insights were always a valuable guide to those around him. He will be missed. A celebration of Bob's life will be held October 2 at 1:00PM at his ranch in Lincoln, CA. For more information call 916-645-7507.

Published in Sacramento Bee on Aug. 28, 2011