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Father says his son approached life with 'strong intensity'

March 20, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A teenager killed Saturday when his car collided with a tractor-trailer was passionate about life, people and his faith, his father said Monday.

"What interests didn't Geoffrey have?" John Martin said of his son, Geoffrey E. Martin. "He approached everything with a strong intensity.

Geoffrey Martin, 18, of 2685 Limekiln Road, died of multiple blunt force trauma in the 10:50 p.m. accident on U.S. 30 west of Fort Loudon, Pa., Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said. Pennsylvania State Police said Martin was driving a 1995 Nissan Maxima east when the car collided with a westbound tractor-trailer.

Martin was wearing a seat belt, Conner said.

The truck had just passed two cars in a legal passing zone and was re-entering the westbound lane, police said. Martin was driving at high speed and spun out of control into the path of the truck, police said.

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John Martin said his son was home-schooled and graduated from high school last year. His son was working in construction, he said.

"He was an amateur musician and had an unerring sense of pitch and harmony," Martin said. "The piano was his domain."

Martin said his son also sang with a men's quartet and was interested in a music ministry.

Geoffrey Martin was a member of the Shippensburg (Pa.) Christian Fellowship, according to his obituary. Martin said his son's goal was to work in a city mission, helping children and their families get their lives straightened out.

"He was a passionate lover of people," his father said. "He was the kind of person that people were magnetically attracted to."

In addition to his father, Geoffrey Martin is survived by his mother, Patricia Louise Shank Martin; three sisters, Anne E. Martin of Shippensburg, and Heather K. and Candace L. Martin, both at home; and a brother, Spencer J. Martin of Chambersburg.

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