Jean Lucien Frenette GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho — Jean Lucien Frenette passed away on Jan. 9, 2019, at the age of 72 in Garden Valley, Idaho. Jean was born on Nov. 17, 1946, in Barre, Vermont, to Charles Arthur Frenette and Helen Minnie (Huntington) Frenette. He had three sisters Jaqueline, Karen and Julie, and two brothers David and Daniel. Jean attended Marian High School in Barre and graduated in 1964. He entered the U.S. Army in January of 1966 and served honorably until September of 1969. Jean met the love of his life, Patricia "Pat" (O'Brien) Trottier, in 1971. They later married Jan. 26, 1991. In 1973, he and Pat, along with two of Pat's children, took a leap of faith: Jean sold his beloved 1963 Corvette, bought a station wagon, and with a few family heirlooms, some clothes and a black-and-white TV in tow, set off to California to start a new life. They, by chance, quickly found jobs in a small oil town in Taft, California. After a few years, Jean started his own business, "Frenette Backhoe Service." Later, he and Pat, having grown their business, moved to Bakersfield, California, and "Frenette Construction" was born. Their business flourished throughout the late-'70s and '80s. In the '90s, Jean worked as a project manager and consultant and was involved in many building and construction projects throughout California. In July of 2000, Jean and Pat bought their cabin and home in Garden Valley. Jean lost his beloved Pat on June 1, 2012. Jean had many interests and hobbies. He loved hot rods and once built his own while living in California, with the help of his son, Bob. At the time of his death, he had a work-in-progress hot rod in his garage. He learned to fly airplanes, receiving his FAA license, and at one time, owned his own plane. Jean had a love of guns and collected and restored them. He received his FFL certificate and certification for gunsmithing. He loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed tying his own flies. He often used the pole passed to him from his grandfather. He loved to hunt when his health afforded it, and his home in Garden Valley gave him easy access to both fishing and hunting. Jean had a love of music and had quite a collection of different genres at the time of his death. Jean leaves us with many great memories and he will be missed by all who knew him. He introduced us to many horizons we never imagined and we are grateful to him for this. Jean was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia; sister Julie Frenette; daughter Joann (Trottier) Wardle; son Charles Trottier; and son Jean L. Frenette, of Bangkok, Thailand. Jean is survived by daughter Lynn (Trottier) Slinkard and husband Charles Slinkard; daughter Serena Sengnark, of Bangkok, Thailand; son Robert Trottier and wife Pamela, of Williamstown, Vermont; and son James Rojanaphon, also of Bangkok, Thailand. He leaves behind many 11 grandchildren and and four great-grandchildren; sisters Jaqueline Lamphere, of Barre, Karen Boomer and husband Doug, of Reno, Nevada; brothers David Frenette, of Garden Valley, Daniel Frenette and wife Jennifer, of Webster, New York. Jean requested that no services be held; he wished for his ashes to be placed with his wife, Patricia.

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