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John Daniel Frost

August 7, 1948 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

John Frost Obituary

John Daniel Frost was born in Billings, MT, on August 7, 1948, and passed away on February 8, 2024, in Livingston, MT, at 75. He succumbed to complications of heart failure.

John (Brother) is famous for his humor, wit, and good-hearted nature. He is well known for his pipe making, as a strong sun dancer, and for pouring a strong sweat lodge ceremony. He was always ready with a story and a joke and could chase spooks out of your house with a good smudge. But most of all, John loved his family. His kids and his grandchildren were his top priority.

John was raised in Billings, MT, but spent much time with his Crow family on the Crow Reservation. John’s mother, Hildegarde, enrolled John in the Army at age 17 and trained as a field wireman. He received recognition as a sharpshooter and earned National Defense Service and Good Conduct medals. John traveled throughout Europe during his time in the military; his favorite place on his tour was Spain because it reminded him of home.

After being discharged from the Army, he met and married Dorothy Doney and had a son, Travus. They lived near Big Timber at the time.

He eventually enrolled at Montana State University, studying child psychology, law, and photography/film. He fought the University to honor the Plenty Coups treaty agreement with the state of Montana for free tuition at state universities for enrolled tribal members. He also attended the MSU film school, where he had the opportunity to learn and create films. His education led to his appreciation of the filmmaking process and great movies, which allowed him to be an extra in multiple movies, including Little Big Man. John continued participating in Crow tribal ceremonies and was adopted by Clara (Sis) BullTail.

He later met Krystal on the set of a Raquel Welch movie, The Legend of Walks Far Woman, in 1979. They married and had two daughters, Mysti Rose and Melissa June, settling in Rock Creek near Missoula for some years.

He worked for IBEW as one of the best “grunts” they had until he became an electrical lineman and built power lines and substations across Montana. He went on to be an inspector for Bonneville Power Administration. John injured his back at the height of his career and dedicated time to photography while recovering. Before retirement, he proudly obtained his CDL and hauled heavy loads for the Duckwater, Nevada gold mine, giving him many hair-raising stories to tell.

John was a fearless world traveler and, after retirement, made his way to many destinations, including annual trips to Mexico in his series of famous minivans and other road warrior cars. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at each destination before moving on to his next adventure. John was a voracious reader of non-fiction works and became an expert in Native American anthropology, history, politics, and many of the sciences. Many sought him out for his expertise and wisdom, and his stories have been shared in numerous publications.

The last 20 years of his life, he spent teaching the sweat lodge tradition to the next generation in Indigenous communities in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Oregon, to name a few. He supported his daughters while they sought higher education, caring for his grandchildren and teaching them how to make perfect gravy, Chili, and real french fries. All three of his children are sun dancers.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Hildegarde, and siblings, Sandy and Eugene. He is survived by his twin sibling JoAnn (Dennis) Ostermiller, children Travus (Gina), Mysti Rose, and Melissa June, grandchildren Ally, Oliver, Hannah, Alice, Jake, and Vandal, and several nieces and nephews, as well as all of his tribal family that cared about him throughout his life.

We want to thank those who cared for him over the last three years in Oregon, as he became very fond of them at Marquis Rehab and Longterm Care and RiverBend Hospital in Springfield. We will be ever grateful to Ira Coelho for bringing John home to Montana as his last wish.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 17th, at 11:00 am at Bullis Mortuary, 507 N. Center Ave, Hardin, MT, followed by burial at Lodge Grass Cemetery.

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February 16, 2024

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bullis Mortuary

Funeral Service
February 17, 2024

11:00 AM
Bullis Mortuary

Interment following funeral service
February 17, 2024

Lodge Grass Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Lodge Grass, MT 59050


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