James Clarke Frost

September 16, 1959February 11, 2014
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James Clarke Frost passed away on Tuesday, the 11th of February 2014, at the age of 54, at his home in Houston, after a prolonged battle with heart failure. He was the only child of Nell Clarke Frost and Peter Montgomery Frost and a 5th generation Texan. He had a passion for traveling to new and exotic places but as a Houston native, he never wanted to call anywhere else home.

Jim combined the best qualities of both of his parents with his father’s keen mind and his mother’s gentle spirit and was an outstanding student at River Oaks Elementary, Lanier Junior High, and Memorial High School. He then went on to achieve his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, where he also found the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betsy” Batten Frost. Jim and Betsy were married for 31 years, and enjoyed much joy and adventure, but their greatest joy was the births of their daughters Katherine Clarke Frost and Susan McIver Frost. Jim was gifted as a father of daughters as he had an unflappable spirit for all the excitement they generated.

Of course as proud Duke Graduates, Jim and Betsy couldn’t help but love Duke basketball. Jim even helped produce the television broadcasts for the team while they were students. After college, Jim worked for Texas Instruments until his entrepreneurial spirit led him to pursue his own ventures. Jim rarely associated with an organization without being called into a leadership position. He was a life-long member of the River Oaks Country Club, an active member at Lochinvar Golf Club, chair of two homeowner’s associations, President of the Phenom Jet Association, and always volunteered to help friends and associates in need throughout his life. Jim always pursued his greatest passions in life. He was an avid golfer, photographer and pilot, completing the first Phenom 100 round the world trip in 2010 with his Co-Captain, Betsy by his side. This allowed Jim to visit and play some of the world’s top courses. Jim helped to make life better for all those around him, and he will be sorely missed but remembered fondly.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from four o’clock in the afternoon until six o’clock in the evening on Monday, the 17th of February, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 18th of February, in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Linda Christians, Executive Pastor, is to officiate.

Prior to the memorial service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, memorial contributions, in honor of Jim, may be directed to the Methodist Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, TX, 77210; the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2049 E 100th St., Cleveland, OH, 44106; or to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Fiends are invited to visitation with the family Monday, February 17, 2014
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Ed Flaherty

June 17, 2015

I used to work with Jim at TI back in the '80's. I just happened to think of him, and googled his name. I'm so sorry to find he's passed. I have lots of fond memories of Jim from those days. He was a pleasure to work with.

Janna Agnello

May 12, 2015

Betsy, I just found this obit for Jim...I am shocked and so saddened to see it. I remember you and Jim at his dad's offices in River Oaks, back when Mr. Frost had old Clara, and Richard, and myself working for him there. Jim was my finest computer teacher ever...I learned so much from him, although he was younger than me at the time. I will never forget his kindness to take time to teach me new programs. He was a blessing to me. My prayers are with you and your children. I know he will be so greatly missed. Janna Agnello

December 3, 2014

I'm very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Karen and I have you and the girls in our prayers.
Steve Stutts

Scott Holman III

October 28, 2014

Jim was a wonderful man, friend, loving and supportive father, and devoted husband. His love for Betsy and his daughters was always noticed by everyone. He will forever be in my prayers.

Scot Krieger

October 27, 2014

Betsy: I just read about Jim's passing in the Fall 2014 Duke Magazine. I am so sorry to have just heard about it and to be just now reaching out to you. I greatly enjoyed my friendship with Jim while we both lived in Lancaster. What a unique and special person he was.

Allen Brockman

October 15, 2014

Hi Betsy,
You probably don't remember me, but you were my Freshman advisory counselor for York Hall at Duke in 1979. I was very saddened to learn about your husband's passing in the Duke Magazine. I remember that you made me feel at home as a new freshman and I recall that you introduced our group to Batts Pizza in Durham and then we went to see the Rocky Horror Show in Chapel Hill. Thank you for some wonderful memories!
Allen Brockman, in Virginia

Karen Morris

May 12, 2014

Betsy, I found your name in my contact list today and decided to Google you. It's been years since I saw you; AOII 10th anniversary party at Duke. My maiden name was Karen Hubbard. I was so sad to have Google return news that your beloved Jim had passed away. I can only imagine how heartbroken you and the girls are. The photos are outstanding. What a beautiful family you have! The girls are beautiful and I know you and Jim must have been incredibly proud. My husband and I both worked for TI for many years; can't believe we didn't bump into Jim somehow. We will be thinking of you and praying for God's peace in your life. With fond memories - Karen Hubbard Morris, Dallas, Texas

Jonathan Garms

February 18, 2014

Betsy, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family.
The Wilson Air Center Family

Phyllis DeShazo

February 18, 2014

Betsy,Katherine and Susan, we were so saddened to hear about Jim. He was a great guy. I will always remember his infectious smile. You always seemed to be having such fun together. Our love to you all.
Phyllis, Jana,Casey and Jordan

Rob Royall

February 18, 2014

Dear Betsy, my thoughts are with you and the whole family today..........I am overseas and can't be there. The photos are so wonderful here and remind me that Jimmy had a life well lived and a lot of happiness thanks to you and the girls, your friends and family.