James Horace Frisbie
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James Horace Frisbie
  • July 6, 1928 - May 5, 2017
  • Newport Coast, California

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With broken hearts we sadly announce that James H Frisbie III passed away peacefully on May 5, 2017. Jim's final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Jim was born in Forsyth, Montana on July 6, 1928 to James H. Frisbie II and Gertrude Hoffman Frisbie and was an only child. Miles City, Montana was where he was raised and he learned the value of hard work from his parents. After graduating high school he went on to Montana State, University of Montana and eventually graduating from Denver University where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Jim enlisted in the Navy and served 2 tours aboard the USS Gurke in the Korean War. After Korea he continued serving in the naval reserves completing his service with rank of Commander. Following the Navy Jim met and married Marlene Benjamin and settled in Denver, Colorado in 1955. Jim and Marlene went on to have four children Scott, Brian, Karen and Sharon. Jim worked in the aerospace industry which eventually brought the family to Southern California in 1965. In 1967 Jim decided to take a different career path and took a chance in opening a "hamburger stand" called McDonald's. Jim worked hard so he could play hard. Jim was a private pilot and his love of flying and travel took him all over the world. Jim was the epitome of the American dream. His work ethic, determination and generous nature has touched so many in all aspects of his life. Jim is preceded in death by his parents as well as his wife Marlene who passed away in 2006. Jim remarried Maria Teresa Sandin whom he was married at the time of his passing. Jim leaves behind his four children, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild who was born on the day of Jim's passing. Services will be held Monday May 15, 2017 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Orange County Ronald McDonald House 383 Batavia St., Orange, CA rmhcsc.org/orangecounty.