Anders “Andy” Rogers Frostenson, 47, of Fairfield, Idaho, died August 9, 2019 of injuries sustained in an accident, while test flying a T-28b Warbird.
Andy was born April 17, 1972 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Jack and Linda (Rogers) Frostenson of Fairfield. He grew up on the family farm with two brothers and from the beginning was a constant and creative inventor and explorer. At the age of 13 he was featured in National Geographic’s Kid’s Magazine with a wind-powered rock polisher he had invented.
Andy accepted Jesus as his Savior when he was 8 years old and faithfully followed Christ throughout his life.
Active in 4-H all his school years, he won many awards and specialized in the 4-H Geology projects. He became the Idaho State 4-H President during his senior year of high school. A strong athlete, he was a member of the basketball, football and track teams at Camas County High School and graduated in 1990.
Andy attended Montana Technical College in Butte, Montana and then continued his education at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, specializing in Meteoritics.
In 1991, while in college, he received his private pilot’s license, and flying became an enduring love in his life. He even contended enthusiastically for the Sikorsky man-powered helicopter prize.
He married his childhood sweetheart – Bobi Jo Pridmore in Fairfield, Idaho on March 27, 1999 and they returned after college to make Fairfield their home. On November 22, 2003 a daughter – Bria Bleu, was born to Andy and Bobi and became the devoted center of their life. Andy’s first choice with any free time was to spend it with them.
Prior to becoming and Agricultural Pilot, Andy had a varied career ranging from a custom hay stacking business with his brother – Aric, to working for his father-in-law – Rod Pridmore in Timberline Trash, to owning his own antique lumber business. He also had the opportunity to work for Every Tribe Entertainment Company designing and building specialized camera systems for a jungle canopy “Bub” rail they used in Panama, during the filming of the movie, End of the Spear. After Andy’s systems were put into action, he and his brother – Jamon, became the Key Rigging Grips for the movie.
In 2007 he obtained his commercial pilot’s license and trained in Louisiana at Flying Tiger Aviation and earned his aerial application endorsement. Throughout his 12-year career as an Ag Pilot, he worked for Red Barron Ag Service, KenSpray, Crop Jet Aviation, Emrich Aerial Spraying and Farmers Aerial Applications. He enjoyed working in the ag aviation community, and made many friends there over the years.
Besides flying, Andy had numerous and wide-ranging interests. Those who had a chance to observe him knew he was “stronger than an ox”, could fix anything broken, and had a curiosity and wide knowledge about everything in the world around him. He was an expert skier, enjoyed traveling, finding treasures, and always researched anything that interested him. Family and friends alike benefitted from his kind heart and everyone enjoyed his dry sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents – Bob and Gladys Frostenson and Lester and Kathryn Rogers.
He will be forever missed by: his wife – Bobi Jo; his daughter – Bria Bleu; his parents – Jack and Linda Frostenson; his brothers – Aric (Michelle) Frostenson and Jamon (Annie) Frostenson; his father and mother-in-law – Rod and Sally Pridmore; his sister-and brother-in-laws – Todd and Darci Gill, Steve and Jessi Webb, Chris and Angie Pickering and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A viewing/visitation will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Camas County High School Gym in Fairfield. Burial will follow at the Manard Cemetery near Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Andy's name to the charity of choice.
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