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OBITUARY

Ronald Leroy Frazee

November 19, 1946June 24, 2020

Ronald L. (Ron) Frazee, 73, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on June 24, 2020.

Ron was born the son of the late Chester and Dorothy Frazee of Billings, Montana, on November 19, 1946. He is survived by his long-time companion, Judy Wagner, and many close friends. He was a graduate of Montana State University - Billings and the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. Ron also received an LLM in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He was a member of the State Bar of Montana, the State Bar of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association. While in college, Ron was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Prior to attending law school, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator in the Vietnam War, completing numerous missions aboard the USS Enterprise. He continued to serve his country in the Naval Reserve, ultimately retiring in 2000 with the rank of Captain.

Ron was awarded the Air Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Earlier this year, Ron attended a ceremony in Pensacola, Florida, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of earning his wings.

He was very active in the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) for many years, serving as the ROA President of the Dallas Chapter and the Department of Texas. For almost 2 decades, he was the legal advisor (JAG) for the Department and wrote many Constitution and Bylaws Amendments for the ROA National Organization headquartered in Washington DC.

Ron started his legal career in 1978 with the Crowley Law Firm in Billings, Montana. In 1982 he moved to Dallas and joined Hunt Oil Company. He later worked for Arco International Oil and Gas Company and Mayfair Petroleum, Inc., before starting a private practice in 1998.

Ron was known for his dedication and professionalism and widely regarded as an expert in the areas of corporate taxation and international oil and gas law. His legal career took him all around the world.

He enjoyed helping individual clients with their personal legal matters as well as working as part of a team in substantial, complex corporate negotiations, including his work with the deepwater exploration company JHI Associates, Inc., where he was in-house counsel since 2015.

His constant vigilance, guidance, and mentoring during his later years leave a legacy much appreciated and relied upon by his colleagues and friends. He loved animals and enjoyed working with rescue dogs. His sense of humor was legendary—you could see his jokes coming a mile away, but the journey was always worth it.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Montana State University – Billings, the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola, Florida, or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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TJ & Charles Fechtel

July 2, 2020

Ron was a true friend in times of need and in times of celebration.

Jim Johnson

July 1, 2020

Ron was a great friend and trusted advisor for 40 years. He will be sorely missed.

COL RALPH & CAROLYN HOCKLEY

June 28, 2020

One meets many people in life, if we are lucky, we meet some of the smartest, the most humble, the best thinkers, the bravest, and ones with many experiences....Ron was one of those special persons who personified a lot of each of those. We visited with Ron a few days before his passing and now say farewell with sadness and respect.

Ron was a officer and a gentleman, a Navy Jet Pilot AND a Navy JAG/Civilian Lawyer - wow does it get any better? Ron was a great supporter and worker in the Texas and National ROA (Reserve Officers Association) ~ and in this facet of his "work" he will be sorely missed! His writings of proposed bylaws and/or changes are legendary and "on the books being used"!

Ron left us too soon, we will miss his quick smile, his sly humor, his straight-talk, his good nature and his hard nose of understanding "life". We cherish having known him and we cherish his friendship and memory..... May you find peace in your "Last Port of Call".... Ralph and Carolyn Hockley

Mike & Cheryl Carathers

June 28, 2020

CAPT Ron Frazee, was a great friend, with a wonderful sense of humor. We worked with Ron in ROA at the local Dallas Chapter and at the State of Texas level. He listened to all sides of any issue to truly understand it and was very level headed and humorous (when needed) in his response and suggestions for resolving the question at hand. We already miss his chuckle, but know that we will see him again in the afterlife. We feel at peace knowing that you are finally at peace.

Jack McCarthy

June 28, 2020

Ron was always an honest and trusted advisor. I enjoyed working with Ron over the years at Hunt Oil Company. May he rest in peace.

Douglas E Oldmixon

June 27, 2020

Ron’s firm, gentle and often humorous demeanor was a great reminder to us all that talking through our differences in a calm manner is the most direct path to a good outcome - a general consensus or at least an acceptable compromise. The witness of him guiding our deliberations in this fine way is a lesson we should take to heart in a time of such contentious debate. Smooth sailing friend to the safe port we all seek! Join those who’ve gone ahead; and we’ll see you in a moment...

Olivia Banick

June 26, 2020

I remember Ron from our ROA meetings and how he possessed a wonderful sense of humor.

Daniel Foust

June 26, 2020

Ron was always the cool head in the discussion. His knowledge of the law helped us all in ROA. We will all miss him very much.

Phillip Sickinger

June 26, 2020

Condolences from members of ROA Chapter 33, Houston, Texas.

Marco Marin

June 26, 2020

CAPTAIN Ron Frazee, US Navy (Retired) served in Vietnam as a Navy pilot and retired from the Navy Reserve after a distinguished career. Roula and I knew Ron from our work together with the Reserve Officers Association in which Ron involved himself for many years as a Department of Texas President and Greater Dallas Chapter President. He deeply cared about veteran’s issues and worked hard to address them at the state and national level. Ron will be missed and we will always regard him as a dear friend, a true patriot and a great man.

FROM THE FAMILY