Passing of Graduate Student Froilan Frias

From: Public Affairs
To: Campus Community

It greatly saddens us to report that social work graduate student Froilan Frias, age 36, died Aug. 1 in a motorcycle accident near Red Bluff. He was traveling to a field practicum meeting for his program when he was struck by a semitrailer on Highway 99 and killed, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Frias is remembered as a kind and generous man who overcame a life of drugs and legal trouble to become a highly engaged and successful student. After high school, Frias enrolled at CSU, Chico but took several extended leaves of absences before he became sober in 2007 and turned his life around. He returned to school, earning his bachelor’s degree in sociology in spring 2011, and was admitted to the master’s program in fall 2012. He had completed 22 units.

He earned a 4.0 his first semester of graduate school, a fact which made him incredibly proud, according to his nephew, Jose Frias, who is studying electrical engineering at CSU, Chico. He was very active in Gamma Zeta Alpha, a fraternity for Latinos; he volunteered with CAVE and attended trainings at the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC). He was a member of the Chico State Master of Social Work Student Association and the Sociological Association of Chico State. Frias was also a member of the Diablito’s Edge Facebook page for fanatics of show cars and street cars.

“He was always happy and had a love for everyone,” said nephew Jose Frias. “He would help anyone who needed it. He was the guy you wanted to be there if you needed anything.”

Trisha Seastrom, director, CADEC, remembers him as someone driven to give back.

“He was a lovely man, known to many on campus [as someone] who had worked very hard to turn his life around,” Seastrom said. “He attended every training we offered with a loving, giving enthusiasm. He would make a point to stop by and talk with me about his career plans, hopes, and dreams and how he wanted to help others based his own life experiences. He was a joy. Froilan was so grateful for his education.”

Frias is survived by his parents, Froilan and Maria Frias; three brothers; three sisters; and a number of nieces and nephews. Two services were held in Hamilton City. Donations may be made online via PayPal.

The University flag was lowered Aug. 6 in his memory.