Carolyn “June” Frison

1924 - 2011

Carolyn “June” (Glanville) Frison, 87, Laramie, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at  Mountain Towers Healthcare in Cheyenne.  She was born in Crosby on April 9, 1924.  No evidence remains of Crosby, located between Thermopolis and Kirby, although at that time, it was home to an estimated 1,100 people.  The Crosby mine flooded in the early 1930s and the Glanville family moved to the Ten Sleep area in 1935 and built a home in Ten Sleep Canyon.  Her only sibling, William Glanville, was killed in an accident in 1940 just after graduating from high school.  She graduated from Ten Sleep High School in 1942.  She worked briefly at a defense plant in Tooele, Utah, in 1942 at which time, a girlfriend convinced her to her come to Washington, D.C., where she secured a position as secretary in the Pentagon, a part of her life of which she was extremely proud.  She returned to the Ten Sleep area after the war where, in 1946, she met and married a former classmate, George Frison, who had just returned from the Navy. They stayed on the Frison family ranch at Ten Sleep until 1962, at which time he returned to school.  After two years at the University of Wyoming and three years at graduate school in Ann Arbor, Mich., the couple returned to Wyoming in 1967 when a position opened up at the University of Wyoming for an anthropologist.  She particularly enjoyed life at UW.  She helped her husband on summer research projects where she became a highly accomplished field cook and camp manager.

She loved travel and followed her husband to regional, national and international meetings.  She especially enjoyed 1980 when he was on a year’s fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  She loved the Big Horn Mountains and especially, Ten Sleep Canyon.  She was equally fond of wildflowers and playing bridge.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Carol Glanville; and her brother, William Glanville.  She is survived by her husband, George Frison, of Laramie; and her daughter, Carol Placek, of Tucson, Ariz.

At her request, cremation has taken place and no services are planned although a memorial is being planned at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Affiliation of Wyoming, P.O. Box 1493, Casper, WY 82602.To send condolences or to sign the online guest book, go to