Dr. Wayne Alan Frostad, 79, was born in Coos Bay, Ore., to parents Sverre and Lillian Frostad. His parents were first-generation immigrants, his father from Norway and his mother from Canada. Wayne gradted from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay in 1951, where he excelled in physics, chemistry, and athletics. He went on to Oregon State University on a football scholarship but left to serve in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. He returned to OSU and graduated in 1958 after which he went to the University of Oregon Dental School in Portland, graduating in 1962. He practiced dentistry in Medford, Ore. until 1967 when he was admitted to the University of Manitoba School of Orthodontics in Winnipeg, Canada. Graduating in 1969 with a DMD, MS degree, he then returned to Medford where he practiced orthodontics until 1999 during which time he had satellite offices in Yreka, Calif. and Brookings, Ore.
He married Jo Ann Woods in Coos Bay on June 13, 1959. During their years in Medford, he was involved in numerous clubs including Elks, Rogue Valley University Club, and Rotary. While in Medford Rotary for 21 years, he served on the District Youth Exchange Committee taking great pleasure in working with both incoming and outgoing foreign exchange students. He was a member of the American Dental Assoc., the Canadian Dental Assoc., and the American Society of Dentristry for Children and the American Assoc. of Orthodontics. He served on the Oregon Dental Assoc. Board of Trustees and the Oregon Society of Orthodontics Board. Locally he was a member of the Providence Hospital Advisory Board for eleven years and Rogue Valley Physicians Insurance/BCBS board for two years.
After retiring from his Medford orthodontic practice, he and his family lived in Brookings where he continued to work at straightening teeth and restoring smiles for patients of all ages, from four years to 80+ years. While in Brookings he also worked tirelessly with the Southwest Oregon Community College Brookings Board of Directors to help build an extension in Brookings of the main college in Coos Bay. He was pleased to attend the official opening of that beautiful new college in Brookings one year ago.
Throughout his life, his love of the outdoors led him and his family to hike many trails in Southern Oregon and to raft many rivers in Oregon and Idaho as well as the mighty Colorado River. His passion for photography is evident in the thousands of photographs of nature and family that are stored on his computers. His love of music led him to collect countless records over the years, ranging from American country and classical to Norwegian folk, which his father played throughout his lifetime. Wayne instilled in his children and grandson an appreciation of nature, photography, and music.
His strongest values were focused on education, love of family and country, and intellectual pursuits. He believed in never giving up, doing his best, and attacking life's problems with a positive attitude.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann, his daughter Kristi Frostad Myers, her husband Robert Myers, his grandson Cody Nelson, and his sister Karen Frostad DiNucci of Boise, Idaho. He was predeceased by his parents and his son Kip Alan Frostad.
Wayne passed away at home of a heart attack January 28, 2013. His ashes will be interred at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.
In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kip Frostad Scholarship Fund at North Medford High School or to St. Mary's School Foundation.
Arrangements are by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.