Clinton John Frazee, 86, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 1, 2023, in Bozeman, Montana. He was born June 4, 1937, in Watford City, North Dakota to Olga and Morris Frazee. Growing up in a small town, he participated in everything from sports to music. He had the unique distinction of being an identical twin, and he and his brother Clifford were together through thick and thin. In high school he played quarterback and was a key part of the team that won the conference championship in his Senior year. He was also part of the track team that won the conference championship. He excelled in academics and worked hard to save money to go to college. After earning a degree in Accounting from Jamestown College, ND, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Lois Wright, in Arnegard, ND, on June 23, 1959. He and Dorothy moved to Grand Forks, ND, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Accounting at the University of North Dakota.
After graduation, he and Dorothy moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked as an accountant. They enjoyed their many adventures along the West Coast. In 1967, they moved to Bozeman where he became a Professor of Accounting at Montana State University and taught for 30 years. Clint specialized in Auditing, and one highlight of his career was the high pass rates by his graduating students on the CPA certification exams. There were even some years when MSU had the highest pass rate in the nation.
Clint and Dorothy enjoyed raising their family in Montana, and making the drive to ski at Bridger Bowl was a regular winter weekend activity. Summers found them camping and visiting family in North Dakota. Many of those activities, even the drives up to Bridger Bowl, were done in Clint’s Volkswagen Bug. Clint was proud of how that car could go anywhere in the snow with studded tires. There are more than a few pictures of the kids getting pulled on sleds behind the Bug back when there were hardly any houses in southeast Bozeman and Kagy was a gravel road.
Following retirement from MSU, Clint and Dorothy spent ten years in Arizona enjoying warm weather, good friends, and new activities like tennis. In 2015, they moved back to Bozeman to be close to their children, as Dorothy’s cancer and Clint’s Multiple Sclerosis were advancing and creating health challenges. The family was fortunate to have the staff of Aspen Pointe and Birchwood Assisted Living helping Clint and Dorothy for the past ten years, particularly the Birchwood staff this past year; their kindness and devotion to Clint’s care was a godsend.
Clint was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy, his parents, and his brother Curtis Frazee. He is survived by his three children, Bradley (Kimberley Kearney) Frazee, D’Anne Morgan-Ward, Juli (Matthew) Rognlie; his five grandchildren, Nolan (Meghan) Morgan, Allison Rognlie, Torryn Frazee, Miriam (Connor Overcast) Rognlie, and Bryce (Anastasia Suderman) Frazee; and his four great-grandchildren, Avery, Briar, Emerson, and James Morgan. Clinton is also survived by his identical twin brother, Clifford (Beverly) Frazee.
Memorial contributions in Clint’s honor are suggested to Big Sky Home Health & Hospice of Bozeman, 205 Haggerty Lane, Suite 120, Bozeman, MT, 59715; or to the Chimes Fund at First Lutheran Church, PO Box 441, Watford City, ND. The family will organize a Celebrations of Life in the coming months.