Remembering Frosty

by Cheryl Wallace

A Soldier's Uniform
Pathfinders preparing to march into the Morgan Middle School Gym
Desert Aire singing "This Ole House"

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, A Warrior went to his rest until the coming of Jesus in the Clouds..

That warrior we all remember with smiles amid tears was Forrest Cross affectionately known as "Frosty".

Frosty was a well known in and outside of Pathfinders.  A man determined to serve God first in everything was loved for his talent of loving God's children of all ages..

A memorial service was held for Forrest Cross on December 15, 2013 at the Morgan Middle School in Ellensburg, WA. Those who knew and loved Forrest well were in attendance; co workers, church members and well over 300 Pathfinders from all over the Upper Columbia Conference.

Please read the following life sketch by June Cross.

Forrest ‘Frosty’ Cross (57) was born February 29, 1956 and went to his rest on December 5, 2013 after a short, courageous battle with bile duct cancer.  He lived in the valley all his life, was an avid naturalist and outdoorsman, as well as thoroughly enjoying reading and learning about the valley’s history.

He was born to the late Virgil and Bonnie (Perry) Cross.  He and his family lived with his paternal Grandparents Leo and Veda Cross, who homesteaded near Elk Heights on 160 acres before moving to Thorp.  Forrest attended the Thorp Schools and later transferred to Ellensburg High School where he graduated in 1974.  He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Parks & Recreation, as well as a minor in coaching in 1979.  He also obtained certification in EMT training and enjoyed volunteering as a search and rescue team member.

Forrest greatly enjoyed hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing and camping and was thrilled to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail with his daughter Jennifer and her friends.  He was drawn to children of all ages and they to him.  He was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist church and proudly served for the last 16 years as an Area Coordinator for its youth program Pathfinders, designed for young people ages 10-16.  He was known and loved for his creative games and activities and avidly worked to let young people know how valued and important they were, always seeking to encourage them to gain a closer relationship with their Savior, Jesus Christ and be ready for his soon Second Coming.

Forrest worked for many years as a farm/ranch hand as a young man, and then additionally during his college days at the old Hi-Way Grill and in the residence and conference center halls at Central Washington University.  After graduation, he worked at the Morrison Custom Lumber Mill until it closed during the summer of 1980.  Later that year, he began his employment with the Ellensburg School District, initially as Community Schools assistant and summer maintenance help, but then on Nov. 18, 1981 began as head custodian/maintenance for Morgan Middle School where he was dedicated to serving the staff and students there to the very best of his ability, often spending extra time and energy of his own to see to details and courtesies that would make things better for all who entered its doors.

He married June (Schwartz) Cross on June 10, 1979 and was extremely proud of his two children Jennifer (Joel) Mundall of Valle de Angeles, Honduras and David (Crysta) Cross of Livermore, California.  He is also survived by his sister Kathy Cross of Lacey, Washington, father-in-law and mother-in-law Dean and Waleeta (Wredberg) Schwartz of Ellensburg, Washington, as well as various nephews, nieces, an aunt and cousins.

A memorial service for him was held at Morgan Middle School Auditorium on Sunday, December 15 at 1pm.  The slideshow shared during the memorial service is attached to this page.   In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Upper Columbia Conference Pathfinders, 3715 S. Grove Rd., Spokane, 99224



pictures by Rick Pummel