Jack Frost

Jack Gibson Frost, long-time resident of Palm Desert and former advertising executive, died Nov. 24, 2021, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif, of cancer. He was 97.

Jack served with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II on Okinawa Island, was an early adopter of television as an advertising tool in the 1950s, had a lyrical tenor singing voice, and loved upland game bird hunting, being on any boat, and fishing, whether in a mountain stream looking for sneaky trout or on the open ocean in search of big game.

Born April 17, 1924, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Charlotte (Raymaker) and Jack E.G. Frost, Jack called Southern California his home. He attended Stanford University for 4 quarters before World War II called. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps, actively serving from November 1943 to January 1946, and saw action on Okinawa Island in the Pacific. Following his honorable discharge, the U.S. Army recruited him for his excellent riflery skills, made him an officer and asked that he teach marksmanship in the Army Reserves. He served until 1950. During this time, he continued his college studies at UCLA, graduating in 1949 with a B.A. in Political Science.

He started an advertising agency in the early 1950s with business partner, Bill Shaffer. Kaufman & Broad was one of their clients when the home building company entered the Southern California housing market. Other clients included Redken hair care products, automobile dealers, and Ports o’ Call in San Pedro. Early on, he saw the possibilities of television and began producing live commercials to promote his clients.

Jack briefly married and divorced Betty Lee (unknown maiden name) before joining the Marines. In February 1954, he married Betty Lou (Alger) McDannel, who had two children by a previous marriage: William (Bill) and Lizbeth. Jack and Betty Lou had one daughter, Margo, and divorced in 1965. Jack then married Linda in June 1967. They had one daughter, Char, and divorced in 1976.

Five years later he began a long-term relationship with Fran Fields, who had three children by a previous marriage: Carla, Shelley, and Ron. Though never married to Fran, Jack always considered her children as part of his extended family. Fran died in July 2021.

Jack is survived by: Bill McDannel, married to Sue, their daughters Marcy and Tracy, married to Eric Forsyth, and the Forsyth’s sons Will and Neil. Also, Liz McDannel Bell, married to Dale Bell). Also, Margo, married to Jimmy Watson, and her children by a previous marriage, Thomas Pool and Kirsten Pool. Also, Linda and her daughter, Char. Also, Fran’s children: Carla, Shelley, and Ron, and Carla’s son Kyle.

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