In memory: William Don Fronk

William Don Fronk passed away in Fort Collins on March 1. He was born August 30, 1920, in Ogden, Utah, the son of William and Mae Fronk. He graduated from Weber Junior College (now Weber State University) with majors in entomology and history. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and assigned to the Medical Department where he served until his honorable discharge as a Captain in 1946.

After the war he worked for Virginia Polytechnic Institute until moving to Ames, Iowa, to get his post graduate degrees. In 1951 he married Lois Jensen Thomas of Wall Lake, Iowa, while attending Iowa State University. There he received his M.S. and PhD degrees in entomology.

Upon graduation he moved his family (wife, step-daughter and son) to Laramie, Wyo., to work for the University of Wyoming in the Entomology Department. In 1967 the family (with an additional son) relocated to Fort Collins,  where he was the head of Colorado State University’s Entomology Department. Before retiring in 1986 he was the Associate Dean of Agriculture at CSU.

After retirement he joined the Kiwanis Club where he volunteered as an assistant with the Poudre School District working with Head Start children for the next 15 years, eventually taking a special interest in children with autism. He was awarded the volunteer of the year award.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and his wife of 50 happy years. He is survived by his sister, Marcelle Morris of Ogden, UT; his daughter, Carol Hendon of Katy, TX; his son Eric Fronk of Fort Collins, and Denali, AK; and his son, Bruce Fronk of Denver; two grandsons and a granddaughter.

Friends may gather for an open house reception held from 3 – 7 p.m., Friday March 9, at Vessey Funeral Services, 2649 E. Mulberry St, A-1, Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers or gifts he requested that a donation be made to any favorite charity. Please leave the family a condolence at

Published in The Coloradoan from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14, 2018

Obituaries compiled by CSU Public Relations Staff