Jolyon Frost (1933 - 2016)

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Jolyon Purser Frost
February 13, 1933 - February 26, 2016
Jolyon (Jack) Frost passed away on February 26, 2016 from natural causes. He was born February 13, 1933, in Boise, Idaho. Joe graduated from Caldwell High School in 1951, and attended the U of I from 1951-1953. During his youth Joe skied at Bogus Basin, raced cars, and enjoyed spending time with his classmates. Later he attended BSU from 1974-1977 earning a BA in Social Science.
Joe joined the Army in 1953 and completed basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He then transferred to the 11th Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. It is here that he met his lovely wife to be, Mary Ann Farmer, from Owensboro, Kentucky. They were married January 3, 1955 and remained married for 61 years until his death.
At Ft. Campbell, he completed Jumpmaster training. In 1956 he was assigned to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat team. He was trained in many areas but he was most proud of his training in parachuting, mountain climbing and mountain skiing. As an instructor in the military, he trained many servicemen in the mountains of Korea, Philippines, Italy and Alaska in winter warfare skiing and mountain training. He also became one of the original members of the reactivation of the 101st Airborne under General Stillwell.
In 1960, Joe and his family transferred to Verona Italy with the 110th Aviation Company. While there, he put on an airborne demonstration-free falling for the U.S. Ambassador of Italy and General White, Chief of State. He also won the "Cup of Italy" for free fall competition competing against all of Europe and the heavily favored French.
In 1963, Joe transferred to Bad Toelz, Germany. He was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group as a weapons leader. In 1965 he returned to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, 3rd Special Forces. It was here that he went to Africa to retrieve the space capsule if it came down there.
Joe served in Vietnam from 1967-1968 as an Operation Sergeant, 5th Special Forces during the Tet Offensive. Finally, he was transferred to Ft. Devens, Massachusetts as a Detachment Sergeant, 10th Special Forces Group (ABN). On July 31, 1973, he retired as a Master Sergeant but was in line to become a Sergeant-Major.
Joe was a highly decorated soldier. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the CIVIC Act Honor Medal, RVN Campaign Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Service Medal and numerous other awards. He was the current President of the Col. Bernie Fisher (CMOH) Special Forces Chapter, Idaho Region, Inc.
The Frost family came home to Caldwell, Idaho in 1973. They moved into the family home and built the Frost Addition, a number of duplex units. Joe coached competitive swimming for 15 years, golfed, and was a member of Idaho Mountain & Rescue. He was a ski instructor at Bogus Basin until he retired last year after 43 years.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Lynn Frost.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his daughters, Christy (Mike) Campbell and Vicki (Armand) Eckert; grandchildren, Kattie (Ben) Bruno, Erica (John) King, Emily King, Sarah Weber, and Leigh Bracking; and 3 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 6th from 6-8 p.m. Memorial services will be held Monday, March 7th at 10:30 a.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel. Friends and family are invited to a buffet at the Caldwell Elks Lodge following services. Condolences may be shared at
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Col. Bernie Fisher (CMOH) Special Forces Chapter, Idaho Region, CO: Ken Elmer (Treasurer) 7600 S Cloverdale Rd, Boise ID 83709.


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 4, 2016
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