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Oct 31, 2004, 6:41 AM
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Heya all,

As some of you may know we tragically lost another friend. Chris Martin (GroundZero) died Saturday at Skydive Arizona. My heart breaks. Frown

You can post your condolences and memories here.

The incident will be discussed in this thread in the Incidents forum. Please reserve that thread for discussion of the incident only.


(This post was edited by sangiro on Oct 31, 2004, 6:53 AM)


Michele  (B 26874)

Oct 31, 2004, 7:16 AM
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Chris, how sad I was to hear you've passed on. You have been a fountain of information, and a great source of education for lots of people around the world. How badly you will be missed...how very badly.

Thank you for giving the sky to so many people. Thank you for your love, your laugh, your joy, and your incredible generosity.

Rest easy now, and know that yours was a life which counted - in the sky and on the ground. Dance in the golden sun, play tag with clouds, drift forever on the wind. Endless freefall is yours...and while we miss you, you are now Home.

To Chris's family: when the loss gets too great to bear, look at the sky and see him flying through the endless blues; listen to his laugh carried on the wind; and see his spirit reflected in the eyes of his children. He is not far...peek into your heart and see him there, living always with you.

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Chris was well loved. He made a difference to scores of skydivers. If there is anything we (his "other" family) can do, please don't hesitate to ask. It hurts, I know, to lose someone; if you need anything, reach out. We're here for you. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Rest in Peace, Chris, and know you live on in our hearts, and in the sky.

Ciels-
Michele


rmsmith

Oct 31, 2004, 7:39 AM
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I'm absolutely numb this morning. Please post some photos of better times. Blue skies, Chris.


Amazon  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 8:17 AM
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OMG...

I am fairly speechless right now.. Condolences to his family and to all of his many friends. Chris was a very dear man.. and he will be greatly missedFrownFrown






Ok I will go slink off to a corner and do some serious crying now...Unsure

Blue Skies forever Chris...


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ChasingBlueSky  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 8:27 AM
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FrownFrown

Wow, I'm shocked. It just doesn't seem possible. Chris was a great guy and a fantastic skydiver. I really got to know him better over the last two years as he was a great supporter of the Team Funnel Fundraisers, we talked a lot online and always had a few drinks at boogies, esp this year as we waited out the rain at both WFFC and CF (he gave me some great birdman advice as well!).

I truly respected his opinion and his years in the sport. The sport lost a leader yesterday Unsure He will be missed.

Blue skies forever brother - enjoy those never ending flocks now.


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DShiznit  (B 27023)

Oct 31, 2004, 9:08 AM
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Eternal blue ones... Unsure


weegegirl  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 9:29 AM
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I only just met Chris. He was a nice guy. My condolences to those that were close. Eternal blues, Chris. Unsure


wingnut  (D 27688)

Oct 31, 2004, 9:30 AM
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i got to meet an chat with him for a while last year in eloy over christmas., very nice guy and very knowlagable.... i was loking forward to getting to see him agin this christmas...Frown blues dude.......


SuperWoman  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 9:56 AM
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You gave me my first hit of nylon crack and were a kick ass dude! You will be forever missed!


hookitt  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 10:53 AM
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This hurts...

Oh what to say.

Chris was an inspiration and always helpful when I asked questions. I had the pleasure of taking him on his first California BASE jump and what a bundle of positive energy he was.

Speachless, I was going to stay home today but now I'm going to go make a skydive this afternoon and think about how positive of a life force Chris was.

I'll certainly miss chatting with you both online and at events. Thanks for helping me out so much with my equipment, my brothers equipment, and Brittany's raven. Thanks for all the good conversation and laughs when you were in California. I'm so glad we were able to make that kick ass sunrise load off the green.

so much more...

Good Bye my friend.


diverdriver  (D 19012)

Oct 31, 2004, 12:07 PM
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You have GOT to be kidding me.

Chris, you were a voice of counterpoint to my postings and it gave me many things to think about. I am a better person for our conversations.

Blue Skies brother.


ladyskydiver

Oct 31, 2004, 12:10 PM
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Frown Condolences to the family and friends. Blue skies, Chris!


n2skdvn  (B 22375)

Oct 31, 2004, 1:50 PM
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Blue skies chris, never got to meet you whish i had.
it was nice talking to you online.


flyangel2

Oct 31, 2004, 1:52 PM
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RevJim  (C 33989)

Oct 31, 2004, 2:28 PM
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In reply to:
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That pretty much sums it all up for me too, Mar.

BSBD,
fly Free, Chris.


gmanpilot  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 3:07 PM
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I'm in shock. Just yesterday I was driving through Tullahoma for the first time in years, and I felt a great need to stop by and say hello to Chris. I had not seen him in a few years and wanted to stop, but I was late for my Grandmother's birthday. I obviously would have missed him. I really miss him now. Shit. BSBD


bbarnhouse  (D License)
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Oct 31, 2004, 3:25 PM
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I've been thinking about what to say since yesterday...
I could share a lot about Chris and the interaction we've had over the past years.
Instead, I will share the conversation that we had yesterday...
Chris came into manifest in his usual cheery way and said "Bets...we gotta talk!" I was thinking okay..he has something up his sleeve! LOLSmile
Chris asked me to show him the tent placement for the Holiday Boogie Vendor Fair, he wanted to make sure that he was strategically located close to Aubrey from Aerodyne. He said that he loved to tease Aubs. He then said to me that I should just give him the best tent space I had since he was confirming his attendance for all the years to come. In his own words he really loved this drop zone.
We then talked of the wingsuit jump we had planned together for today. It was to be one where we could enjoy the quiet of the sky together. A jump that we had promised each other for well over a year, a jump that will have to wait.
Yesterday was somber, but the night...last night people stood on the bar, toasted Chris, and drank like damn vikings...he wouldnt have wanted it any other way.
Today the Precision wind blades grace the main landing area at this drop zone in honor of our friend...and we continue to flock on.

B2


AndyMan  (D 25698)

Oct 31, 2004, 4:31 PM
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He always seemed to have the same smile as seen in this pic...

Blue Skies, Chris.

edited: For those who don't know Chris, he's second from the right, in the hawaiian t-shirt.

_Am


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Opie  (D 13906)

Oct 31, 2004, 4:59 PM
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I only started to get to know Chris since Couch Freaks this year but it was clear from the start that he was one of the good guys. He had the knowledge and wisdom of a veteran jumper that he was with the enthusiasm and excitement of a first year student. As with so many that have passed before you we will miss your presence here but know we will meet again when the time is right.

Blue Skies my friend.



Devin


mouth  (D 24383)

Oct 31, 2004, 5:17 PM
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I read this, walked away and came back hoping somehow I had read it wrong. I had never met Chris, but was lucky enough to have crossed paths with him through here. We talked last week about my new canopy and what I wanted. He was so full of knowledge and so willing to work with me to get exactly what I'd be happy with. Thank you, Chris.

I also want to share that I talked to Chris while he was on vacation. He and one of his children were laughing and having such a wonderful time that they had me laughing. Thank you for sharing some of your laughter with me.

Fly Free, Chris. I hope you are having a good time learning to fly your wings.


freakyrat  (D 12700)

Oct 31, 2004, 6:18 PM
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I've had a heck of a time here collecting my thoughts and just getting away from the computer several times cause I just find it hard to believe that Chris is gone. His smile and enthusiasm for the sport that he loved and contributed so much to will be sorely missed.

I remember how Chris let me demo the Nitron at the WFFC this past year and made sure everything was right and let me put as many jumps on it as I wanted to do. He wanted me to get the feel for the canopy that just one flight would not do. That was Chris.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Chris's family and friends.

Calen C. Chrzan
Skydive Houston


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Oct 31, 2004, 6:18 PM
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I cant remember the last time I was so sad. God I miss him. Frown

I've been having trouble landing my Nitron lately. All day yesterday, my landings were great. I couldnt wait to tell him.

I have a ton of pictures of him at home. I'm on a business trip, when I get home I will post more.

Photos
Chris is in the first photo with me sitting on his lap.. he loved those grande margaritas..
He is also in a photo with Kristi and Haley from the balloon festival 4 weeks ago.
The 'happy hooster' photo is his 22 mo old daughter Haley, who he always called "The most beautiful baby in the world". And she is.
The photo "Martin girls" are his wife, Kristi, and Haley.

Blue skies, Chris. I still need your guidance so please come fly with me. I wanted you to take me on my first wingsuit jump, and I still want you to be there.

love always,
Kristi


sunshine  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 6:22 PM
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Still waiting to wake up and find that this is a dream...Frown

Fly free chris. We shall meet again someday.


alanab

Oct 31, 2004, 6:27 PM
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omg! i didn't realize it was this chris... i met him in rantoul. he has touched many peoples' lives thus far in such a positive light.

this sucks... may you fly free with the angels chris.

my condolences to his friends and family.

RIP


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Oct 31, 2004, 6:39 PM
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Still waiting to wake up and find that this is a dream...Frown

Fly free chris. We shall meet again someday.

Me too. Theres nothing right about this.

I remember once Chris told me that if I ever burned in, he would would kick my ass and then cry like a baby. I'd like to kick his ass, but I'm too busy crying like a baby. Frown

Speaking of babies, I also remember the time he ran over to my truck like he was going to come out to the bar with me and Londke, but it was all a ploy to plant a poopy diaper in the back seat. The whole time I thought Londke had eaten something rotten! hehehee... Laugh So after I found it I planted it in the desk drawer in manifest. Nice sunday morning surprise! Sly


CSpenceFLY  (D 25252)

Oct 31, 2004, 6:57 PM
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I also never met Chris but I had the unfortunate task of seeing how this event effected two very close friends this weekend.He must have been a great man.


koz2000  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 7:02 PM
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Like everyone else, I still can't believe it's true. there's no freaking way.

Chris thanks for everything that you gave to this sport. I'll miss you,

Dave


Dougjumper  (B License)

Oct 31, 2004, 7:07 PM
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2 gone in the Blue for me...

Yea what can I say both my Aff Jumpmasters have gone for now. Kent Stephens-My friend who always helped me in Tullahoma become the Skydiver I am . And Chris being like a Brother I never had. Yea he may have pissed a few people off here and there but never me. He helped me in every fashion to the Name of this Sport. I will miss him very very much. N5542B Cessna will live on in my heart knowing Chris always liked to throw me out on the Tandem loads. I was always the lightweight guy and he could put me anywhere...PEACE Chris and Kent Fly on Forever my Friends..


johnny1488  (D 25453)

Oct 31, 2004, 7:15 PM
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I never got to meet Chris, but when we talked on here, we didnt always see eye to eye. I called him one afternoon to straighten some things out, and I think we both walked away with more respect for one another. Im sorry I never got a chance to meet him in person.

My condolences to his family and everyone hurting from this accident.


brits17  (D 24752)

Oct 31, 2004, 7:26 PM
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Mr Martin...
oh I'm so sad to hear this news. I didn't get to know you long enough. I just read a post where you used my line. Every time I pack my parachute, your work will still be there. I already miss you on my IM list. I'm so glad I had the pleasure of giving you a hug before you moved on. Rest in peace brother.


BlindBrick  (C 35382)

Oct 31, 2004, 7:33 PM
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I first came to know Chris at the end of last summer. I had moved to CO and my size and old reserve at this altitude were a really unsafe combination. I needed a new reserve. Most companies would have told me I would have to wait until they could find an opening in their production schedule. Instead, Chris turned Precision's production schedule on it's ear and managed to get me an R-Max 288 made in record time.

It says a hell of a lot about a business person's character when they ignore their training(ie keep production flowing smoothly) to do the right thing. And I am just sorry I never got the oppertunity to thank Chris in person.

Blue Skies Bro,

-Blind


OmarPR  (C 34581)

Oct 31, 2004, 8:10 PM
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 I have never posted on any of the forums here. I just come here once in a while to see whats going on in the skydiving community. Today, on my way home from Z-Hills, I find out about Chris' passing, from my friend Orlando Amador, and this is the time for me to post. I believe I owe it to Chris. I only met him for a few days at the Puerto Rico FreeFall Fest but I considered him a friend. He showed a whole new world for me when he took me on my first birdman flight. He told me "Get yourself a birdman suit and do as many jumps as you possibly can with it so when I see you next year, you'll be a great birdman." and thats exactly what I've been doing. Ever since then most of my dives have been birdman jumps. I just recently moved to Florida and on one of my first visits to Skydive City I saw a flyer anouncing a Memorial day boogie for the next weekend and Chris was going to be there. I was pretty stoked about that because I would get the chance to fly with him again. But the boogie was cancelled due to these stupid hurracanes passing through here. Today I made my first 3 Skyflyer dives and the first thing I thought after doing them was "man I wish Chris was here at this boogie, It would have been so much fun."
I thank him for what he has done for me and others. Being the new guy at a dropzone can be a little intimidating, so I would end up going solo on my freefly dives, but every time I would put on my wingsuit, I would end up doing doing some really cool and fun dives with other birdmen that just met on the way to boarding the plane. It has been a great way to make new friends.
Thank you Chris for opening so many doors for me and for giving wings to me and so many. You will be missed.


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Oct 31, 2004, 8:14 PM
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I also never met Chris but I had the unfortunate task of seeing how this event effected two very close friends this weekend.He must have been a great man.

You two would have been fast friends. I talked to him about hosting a roaming dz boogie like we talked about in Tullahoma just last Sunday after we left The Farm and went back to Tullahoma. I'm so glad we did. He was all about bringing the boogie.


dzbabe

Oct 31, 2004, 8:57 PM
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Everyone, Kristi thanks you all for all of your kind words. she has read some of the threads and will continue to do so over the next few days. We will post more details of the service when we get it. Thanks for all of your prayers.

Holly West - Kristi's sister-in-law


ltdiver  (D 20506)

Oct 31, 2004, 9:24 PM
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Chris must have touched many lives around the world. Even rec.doc has a thread about him.

Upon reading the posts from friends here, ones who have met Chris in person and ones who have chatted here on-line with him, he indeed was loved dearly.

Fly on, dear Chris and now show the angels how it's -really- done.

ltdiver


Kris  (D 26033)

Oct 31, 2004, 9:31 PM
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*tear* Dammit...it seemed like only yesterday when I saw Chris at Rantoul and made some comment about his Hawiian shirt I was secretly in love with.

Blue skies, GZ...thanks for all your help, advice, and patience while I was canopy shopping. Frown


Muenkel  (Student)

Oct 31, 2004, 9:37 PM
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I never met Chris in person, but I knew him here in cyber world as Ground Zero. Reading all the posts here, I know he was a great man.

My prayers go out to his family and friends.

God bless you Chris,


hookitt  (D License)

Oct 31, 2004, 9:49 PM
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Speaking of babies, I also remember the time he ran over to my truck like he was going to come out to the bar with me and Londke, but it was all a ploy to plant a poopy diaper in the back seat. The whole time I thought Londke had eaten something rotten! hehehee... Laugh So after I found it I planted it in the desk drawer in manifest. Nice sunday morning surprise! Sly

Oh.. my.. goodness. That's absolutely hilarious. LaughLaugh

I made 2 jumps today. That's 2 more than I would have had I not heard the news. I fly a Xaos 27 cell. It was bittersweet looking up at it today.

I met Chris in real life at the Byron Boogie last year. We clicked right away. We've talked or chatted frequently ever since. He was very passionate about his family and friends, skydiving and BASE. What a neat guy... I'm so glad I got to meet him and hang out the short time we did. If you asked, he would answer. That went not only for parachute related questions but life questions as well.

I flew today to remember a friend. It's not like we were great life long buds, but some people affect me in such a positive manner, and Chris was one of them.
~~~~~~~~~
"Turn that camera on... I wanna go play" --Chris Martin as he was climbing over the rail ready to jump off.

I thought to myself ... oh shit.. That's almost as bad as hold my beer,.. and he y'all, watch this Tongue


lewmonst  (D 24575)

Oct 31, 2004, 11:25 PM
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Fly free, Chris, fly free.

peace
lew


yoink

Oct 31, 2004, 11:55 PM
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Deeply sad. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

W.


SuFantasma  (D 26267)

Nov 1, 2004, 12:22 AM
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Chris:

You will be missed. Although we had a couple of brief encounters and exchanges, it was enough to realize what a great person you are. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Blue Skies.
Jorge


Vallerina  (C License)

Nov 1, 2004, 6:21 AM
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FrownFrownFrown


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Nov 1, 2004, 6:38 AM
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AAAAAAWWWWW!!!! FrownFrownFrown

I hadn't been up to Tullahoma in several years, but I always had fun when I was up there. Chris was cool, always nice and friendly to me.

I still treasure the memories of jumping the Mr. Douglas DC-3 and King Air T-tail 200 at Tullahoma... We even got a few jumps from 17K in the 200 at no extra cost...

He will be dearly missed by all who knew him...

Blue Skies
Billy


SkyDekker

Nov 1, 2004, 7:13 AM
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BSBD


skydivegirl  (D 25942)

Nov 1, 2004, 7:26 AM
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In an attempt to smile.... here are two of my favorite pics of Chris taken at WFFC this year. He just had to wear the hat.... even though I kept telling him that the shirt with the hat was just too much! lol

And I'll always remember flip-flops with rubber bands. Laugh
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chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 1, 2004, 8:57 AM
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I'll always remember rum-a-ritas..


skydivegirl  (D 25942)

Nov 1, 2004, 9:29 AM
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Do you remember when he tried to prove that Haley was definitely his daughter by how she responded when he tried to kiss her? She kept sticking her tongue out at him. lol


edjackson  (D 30506)

Nov 1, 2004, 10:09 AM
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Chris took me on my first jump in 1994 and taught me AFF. I've lost several friends to skydiving from that time( Bill McShane, Erin Engle), but I always thought Chris was immortal. It's times like this that make me want to hang it up, but I never do. I wish I could have seen him one more time. If anyone has Denny Collins, Wade Storie or Kent Stevens numbers please PM them to me.



Ed


skydivr  (D 17590)

Nov 1, 2004, 10:41 AM
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Chris was a well-respected and decent member of the skydiving community. You could always count on a straight answer, even if it was something you didn't want to hear- It was his DZ, and he called the shots. More than once, Chris counseled me on not getting too small a canopy (or reserve) too quickly; in fact, I upped the size of my container now on order because he reminded me I'm not 21 anymore and a 118 reserve was too small.

Chris also had a great sense of humor (which I sometimes missed when he'd crack something off). We always had a good time when he was around.

A couple of rememberances: I remember the last load flown on Mr. Douglas a few years ago, when Chris comes back from the cockpit and says, "I guess we'll all have to get out a five grand". When someone asked why, he grinned as he pointed to the port window; the prop was sitting still....

Then, at WFFC 2003, we were getting ready to try and chunk that 17-way off the C130; Chris was on the back deck with his birdman suit on; it had rained earlier and the cloud cover at sunset was simply beautiful. I remember watching him look out the back deck, and thought, "I'll bet it's beautiful from his vantage point." (SEE ATTACHED PIC - that's him in relief) We had a laugh later when he saw them give the green light and we were getting put out over Interstate 57!

Melissa and I will miss Chris, and we offer our sincere condolences to his Kristi and the girls. Blue skies our friend.

Keith and Melissa Abner
Nashville
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Conundrum

Nov 1, 2004, 11:16 AM
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RIP Frown


Chrissay  (D License)

Nov 1, 2004, 11:16 AM
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I was just as shocked as everyone else when I heard the news on Saturday. My condolences go out to his family and friends. I never know what to say when things like this happen....
For the past couple of years I would see him at the WFFC and stop and say hello or wave to him as he went by on his bicycle. This year at Bridge Day though I got a chance to chat with him for a bit. I poked fun at him for causing such a ruckus by giving away a free canopy on dz.com. He talked about his recent interest in BASE, he had definately been bitten by the base bug.
Blue Skies, Chris.
I have attached some photos from Bridge Day.
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chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 1, 2004, 11:23 AM
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In reply to:
Chris took me on my first jump in 1994 and taught me AFF. I've lost several friends to skydiving from that time( Bill McShane, Erin Engle), but I always thought Chris was immortal. It's times like this that make me want to hang it up, but I never do. I wish I could have seen him one more time. If anyone has Denny Collins, Wade Storie or Kent Stevens numbers please PM them to me.

Ed,
Chris and Kent are flying together now. PM sent.
Wade posts as "skywade" on these forums.


diablopilot  (D License)

Nov 1, 2004, 11:56 AM
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I'd worked with Chris for the last 4 or 5 years, as a gear store salesperson, and even did a stint as a Precision Rep on a traveling road show. Chris is a perfect example of someone who's enthusiasim for skydiving and human flight never dies. I will try to continue that tradition.

Chris, my friend, my life is poorer in a small part from loosing you, but far richer than it ever would have been had I never met you. Your spirit lives on in each of us that's met you.

BSBD.


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JT-Mirage  (D 24772)

Nov 1, 2004, 12:20 PM
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I had the pleasure of spanning the globe with Chris this year. The trips to Brazil and Russia with him were none less than memorable along with all of the boogies we got to work together. I am glad to have known him and give my condolences to his family. Thank you Chris for sharing your knowledge with me and on behalf of myself and everyond here at Mirage, you will be missed. JT


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 1, 2004, 1:29 PM
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In reply to:
Do you remember when he tried to prove that Haley was definitely his daughter by how she responded when he tried to kiss her? She kept sticking her tongue out at him. lol

hehe.. yes I remember that.. at last fall's boogie. Haley has grown so much since then. Her personality is shining through each day she grows. If ever a little girl was loved by her daddy.. Smile


ChileRelleno  (D 24868)

Nov 1, 2004, 1:42 PM
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My sincerest sympathy and condolences to Groundzeros family and close friendsFrown.

I've had the pleasure of talking to Groundzero many times here at DZ.com and met and jumped with him and his group at his Tullahoma,TN DZ, I've a very fond memory of one jump in paticular which shall serve as my rememberance of him.

Eternal blueskies to one of our own....





Remember people... We can do everything right and still die, even more so when we push the edges of the performance envelope.


skydivexxl  (D License)

Nov 1, 2004, 2:19 PM
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I only me Chris at WFFC this past year, but he definitely left a mark. We had a great 2 hour conversation about a little bit of everything. He will definitely be missed. Fly free, brother!


Dougjumper  (B License)

Nov 1, 2004, 3:11 PM
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Im Hurtin....

5 Bro's in two Years. 2 in Iraq, 1 in Ga 1 in
Nashville. Then my last in Eloy AZ..

Gets hard to handle at this point...


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 1, 2004, 3:23 PM
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In reply to:
Im Hurtin....

5 Bro's in two Years. 2 in Iraq, 1 in Ga 1 in
Nashville. Then my last in Eloy AZ..

Gets hard to handle at this point...

Hang in there Dougie. You're part of a family and we need you.


skygod7777  (D 24081)

Nov 1, 2004, 3:50 PM
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this is just too bad. chris was a kick ass guy. super cool.
my condolences to his family.

later


freefalljason  (D 26672)

Nov 1, 2004, 4:32 PM
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It is so hard to type with tears streaming down my cheeks.Frown

I don't know where to start, I have lived in Tullahoma all my life and have seen canopies in the air so many times growing up. I had always wanted to skydive, in 1999 my younger brother made his first tandem at Tennessee Skydiving Center with Fast Eddie, Chris was flying N5542B for that jump. I'm sure most of you have seen the end of this jump because Patrick puked and fell over as soon as Eddie got him unhooked. I know Eddie showed it at the WFFC several times as well as lots of other places. Patrick was not hindered by this though, in Oct. of 2000 he decided to make another tandem and asked me if I would want to go. I said I would and a few weeks later I made my first skydive with Dave Nye as my tandem instructor from N5542B with pilot Chris Martin. In June of the next year Patrick and I both went through AFF at TSC, again each of our jumps was made from N5542B with Chris flying. I have since made almost 500 jumps with the majority of them at TSC.

I am now the primary video guy at TSC and I feel that I owe all of this to my dear friend Chris Martin for having such a great DZ 5 miles from my front door.

Kristi, I am truly honored that you have asked me to video Chris' memorial dive. Charity and I will continue to pray for you and the girls and be there for you anyway we can. I am amazed at the strength that I have seen in you(especially today.)

I am putting together a photo slide show to be presented at Chris' memorial and would appreciate any photos that anyone would like to contribute.

Please sent pics of Chris to freefalljason@yahoo.com

I will also be working on a memorial video with Cowboy in the near future. Please e-mail freefalljason@yahoo.com
if you have some footage that you would like to contribute and we can discuss how to get it to me.

I will never forget you Chris.

Jason Waller


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dzbabe

Nov 1, 2004, 5:30 PM
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This is a note from the Martin family:
We know everyone is anxious and wants to know what is going on with the service. Many of you know we have been working very hard everyday to get the details. We are planning a service on Saturday, but the details have not been finalized.

Please refrain from posting anything about the service or what will be involved. Kristi and I will be posting something as soon as we have finalized the details on the service and memorial fund.



Thanks
Holly West (sister-in-law) and Kristi Martin


bigway

Nov 1, 2004, 5:31 PM
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I do not know chris, i do not even think i have ever talked to him on this site.
I have been reading so much on his last jump though and all i can say..is that he sound like someone who will never be forgotten and he was a lucky person to have so many people love him.

To all of you that have lost a friend or a family member here, i am sorry, but always kn ow you have lost someone that has many people looking up to him and listening to his advice.
i omly wish i was lucky enoough to meet a person everyone talk so highly about.

I am so sorry and so sad for all of you that have lost a friend or a family member or an inspiration here in the last couple of days.
I feel so sad, and i never met Chris, you all have done an amazing job at describing how much he meant to the skydiving commmunity. i am so sorry to you all!
Peace to our world.


freeflir29  (D 10000000)

Nov 1, 2004, 6:51 PM
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Thanks for the pics Chrissy. It's nice to see him smiling.


freeflytim  (D License)

Nov 1, 2004, 9:36 PM
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I really don’t know where to start, so here’s a pix I took of Chris in McMinnville about five years ago when I had only around 100 jumps and Chris went out with me and Lyle on a 3 way.
-TIM


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brandihough

Nov 1, 2004, 9:54 PM
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Chris:
I had hopes and dreams of jumping with you
You're such a great person, I packed under you at Rantoul
Never did I have an empty belly, or not a smile on my face
In your presence is always a wonderful place

You're a great example of what a man should be
Thank you for helping out someone even though he didn't see
Not only did I have fun, but you changed my life too
You made me think (what really made me happy?) through

A wonderful person deffinitely a Precision treat
That I really wish everyone was as fortunate to meet
But until that day we are all able to fly in the sky
I hope you watch over us skydiving guys*

I hope everyone ie doing well and feels his strong presence like I do. You will be forever loved, my heart goes out to everyone that was touched by you.


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chileanXaos  (C 143)

Nov 2, 2004, 1:12 AM
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 just a big hug where you are you can here us


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 2, 2004, 7:21 AM
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In reply to:
I really don’t know where to start, so here’s a pix I took of Chris in McMinnville about five years ago when I had only around 100 jumps and Chris went out with me and Lyle on a 3 way.
-TIM

Tim.. wow! I can honestly say it is weird to see Chris freeflying. Ever since I've known him, every non-aff or tandem jump he has done was in his wingsuit.
Even big-ways! We would launch a 12 way out of the Westwind and about halfway thru the dive, Chris would be right there in his wingsuit. Jason has a great video of him flying around a big way.

Smile


mirochristie  (D 28598)

Nov 2, 2004, 7:57 AM
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All I can say is that I was very lucky to have met him. Having Chris in my life was and still is very special. He taught me how to fly a wingsuit. And he said I was the best student he ever had.Blush

After that 1st BirdMan jump, he invited me to a 6way!!

I mean, Chris was so passionate about wingsuit flying!! He got my husband, and a couple of other locals to try the WingSuit. Some got hooked.

I never felt the need to by a suit, because he would lend me his (the white, with orange wings DEMO suit), and he would ship it next day!

He was sooooooooooo extra sweet to me (and to everybody he knew). I absolutely will miss him. I`ll miss him too much.Frown

We had plans for next years` boogie (P.R.), he loved flying his BirdMan over the East coast of Puerto Rico. He made everybody know how much he loved this boogie, the Island.

Anyways, I`ll miss Chris w/ all my heart. He was (and is) very special to me. I`ll miss flying with him sooooooooo much. I`m so sad, I keep thinking this is just a nightmare, that I`ll wake up and this`ll be just a bad dream...

But I guess it isn`t, right?

So here are some pics of Chris and I, and a couple of the guys at WFFC and in P.R.
I`ll post more when I scan them.

Blue Skies, Chris!!!
You will be missed
Christie
ps My condolences to Christie and Hailey:
"Chris was very much loved in Puerto Rico. He`ll be missed"


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Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Nov 2, 2004, 8:30 AM
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Like many others who travel the boogie circuit as vendors, I was incredibly good friends with Chris. There is nothing better than showing up somewhere knowing your buddies are going to be there with you. Chris and I spent a LOT of time together these past few years and I am having a very hard time with this. Katie and I regularly got calls from him just to see what we were up to or to find out if we were going to be at the next stop down the boogie trail. He was a fantastic, upbeat guy and always had great stories to tell.

I found out about the accident about ten minutes after it happened and I found myself with the monumental responsibility of having to notify Kristi. As fate would have it, I was the first person notified who had the phone number. I had just got married in Key West and I have to tell you that making that call was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. I was stricken with both pain and anger that it had happened and I could only do so much to ease Kristi's pain. It was terrible. It was likewise terrible to pass the news onto Beezy Shaw. The three of us were sort of "Three Musketeers" on the road and were always the life of the party wherever we met.

Chris was a very-rounded skydiver. He was in my estimation the second-most experienced wingsuit pilot on the planet; a dropzone operator; an incredibly experienced pilot; a respected member of the gear industry.

I miss my friend.

BSBD

Chuck Blue
D-12501
Raeford Parachute Center, NC


dzbabe

Nov 2, 2004, 10:33 AM
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A memorial service has been scheduled at Tennessee Skydiving Center on Saturday November 6 at 10:00 am CT. Afterwards a reception is being held that will be potluck and BYOB. DZ attire (jeans, flip-flops, etc). Wink

In lieu of flowers please sent donations to the
Haley Martin Memorial fund or to Kristi Martin
611 Cedar Lane
Tullahoma, Tn 37388


Directions to Tennessee Skydiving Center:

From Nashville:
Take I-24 East to exit #111, then turn left off ramp onto Hwy. 55 and travel approximately 12 miles into Tullahoma. At the 2nd traffic light in Tullahoma, (Hwy. 41A) turn right and go 2 miles until you reach the Kentucky Fried Chicken on your left. Turn left at the KFC (this is the airport access road). At the fork bear to your right and then go straight until you reach the Airport Terminal building. Turn right on Airpark Dr. and drive a few hundred feet to the Skydiving Center.

From Chattanooga:
Take I-24 West to exit #117 and turn left off of the ramp toward Arnold Air Force Base. Proceed approximately 13 miles into Tullahoma. At the 1st traffic light turn left onto Hwy, 55. Proceed approximately 1/4 of a mile to the next traffic light (intersection of Hwy. 41A) and turn right onto 41A and go 2 miles to the Kentucky Fried Chicken on your left. Turn left at the KFC (this is the airport access road). At the fork bear to your right and then go straight until you reach the Airport Terminal building. Turn right on Airpark Dr. and drive a few hundred feet to the Skydiving Center.

From Huntsville, AL:
Take Hwy 231 to Fayetteville, TN, Turn right onto Hwy 64. Go just a few miles to Hwy.50 and turn right, proceeding into Lynchburg (Hwy. 50 Becomes Hwy. 55)... and continue on into Tullahoma. At the 2nd traffic light in Tullahoma, (hwy. 41A) turn left and go about 1 mile until you reach the Kentucky Fried Chicken on your left. Turn left at the KFC (this is the airport access road). At the fork bear to your right and then go straight until you reach the Airport Terminal building. Turn right on Airpark Dr. and drive a few hundred feet to the Skydiving Center.


(This post was edited by dzbabe on Nov 2, 2004, 3:45 PM)


diablopilot  (D License)

Nov 2, 2004, 10:42 AM
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It pains me to say I can't make it to Tennessee to celebrate Chris's life with others who love him so much, as I'm sure there are others out there who can not travel there this weekend. Please know that there are many out there that will be sending their love and rememberences as well.

I will be making a high altitude hop and pop Saturday around sunset (weather permiting) in celebration of my friend's life. If anyone wishes to join me here or around the country, feel free.


katiebear21  (D 28324)

Nov 2, 2004, 11:00 AM
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Please pass my condolences to Kristi and the rest of the family. Chuck and I had been trying to plan a trip that way for the longest time. Chris knew we'd be instant friends because we shared the love of similar men.Unsure

Chris was like what I'd call "Boogie Family"! He always gave the warmest hugs and was very quick to share pictures and stories of his family back home. He truly loves you Kristi - never forget that.

Chuck and I remain completely numb over this tragedy. Chris will remain in our hearts forever.

Hugs.


MissMae  (C License)

Nov 2, 2004, 11:08 AM
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Ill be there with you, and I'll round up people around Eloy as well. I brought up the idea to TJ, so maybe he will want to put something togeher.


Zep  (D 9022)

Nov 2, 2004, 11:09 AM
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I didn't know Cris as "Ground Zero" I knew Cris As Cris an only for a short while, he talked me out of ordering
a VX, back in 99, Thank you Cris your common sense prevailed


RIP Zep


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 2, 2004, 11:23 AM
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How about a sunset flock on Saturday? I know Chris would love to fly with you again. But it doesnt have to be a flock, do whatever type of skydive you remember Chris for, and say goodbye to him in the fashion that means the most to you.

Video if you can, and send it to Jason or Cowboy for the memorial dvd.

I'm not going to try to organize an nationwide thing at this point.. too overwhelmed.. but please take it upon yourselves to participate and honor Chris in your own way, and then share it with us.


(This post was edited by chaoskitty on Nov 2, 2004, 11:36 AM)


diablopilot  (D License)

Nov 2, 2004, 12:52 PM
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Chris was like what I'd call "Boogie Family"!

I like that.


Premier skybytch  (D License)

Nov 2, 2004, 1:34 PM
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Noooo...... Frown

Dammit.

So many things I want to say that I can't put words to.

Godspeed, Chris. Frown


Cloudi  (C 35301)

Nov 2, 2004, 5:33 PM
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Thank you for this information. Many of us have been waiting to hear how we can pay our respects to Chris and his family.


Premier Remster  (C License)

Nov 2, 2004, 5:58 PM
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Its when things like this happen that I which I had known more people. I never met Chris, and never exchanged much online either with him, but from all I've read, its been my loss.

BSBD


skygod7777  (D 24081)

Nov 2, 2004, 7:01 PM
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If anyone wishes to join me here or around the country, feel free.


i'll put a group of a few of us together for sure.

later


dtpilot  (A 46377)

Nov 2, 2004, 7:41 PM
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Said to hear of a lose to a great community...

God be with you Chris


diablopilot  (D License)

Nov 2, 2004, 10:20 PM
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I never met Chris, and never exchanged much online either with him, but from all I've read, its been my loss.

Next time we cross paths remind me to tell you a funny story involving Chris, then it won't be a loss......


freeflytim  (D License)

Nov 2, 2004, 11:17 PM
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Everyone please sit out a couple loads this weekend and instead send the money here... Its for a good cause.

In reply to:
In lieu of flowers please sent donations to the
Haley Martin Memorial fund or to Kristi Martin
611 Cedar Lane
Tullahoma, Tn 37388
.


(This post was edited by freeflytim on Nov 2, 2004, 11:23 PM)


Peej  (B 2456)

Nov 2, 2004, 11:46 PM
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I met Chris this year at WFFC and spent a lot of time hanging round the Precision tent, jumping, talking, laughing and drinking. He was one of the most awesome people i've ever met. His easy smile and slow Tennessee drawl will be missed.

Chris, I miss our email chats already buddy. It was a pleasure lending you my last pair of clean socks.

As soon as i'm out of my cast and done with my tears i'll be sure to bust a birdie in your honour.

BSBD
PJ


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 3, 2004, 9:02 AM
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Absoultely, thanks Tim. The funds sent for Haley will be invested for her college fund, and very much appreciated.
Please dont forget Kristi though. Shes going through a very rough transition and any help you can give her to relieve a little financial stress would be wonderful. She would not want anyone to feel obligated, but please help out if you can.
ps- she likes *red* wine.. Wink

Also, if you are coming to the memorial on Saturday.. bring your rig. I'm not stating any full blown plans to make any jumps but we will be on a drop zone after all.. and Chris would love it if we took his plane and jumped our asses off.
This plan will be played by ear though. Just be prepared.


In reply to:
Everyone please sit out a couple loads this weekend and instead send the money here... Its for a good cause.

In reply to:
In lieu of flowers please sent donations to the
Haley Martin Memorial fund or to Kristi Martin
611 Cedar Lane
Tullahoma, Tn 37388
.


ACMESkydiver  (B License)

Nov 4, 2004, 12:31 AM
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So sorry we won't have an 'identity crisis' anymore in the Pub. Frown

Take care of yourself up there, sir. Take a peek down here from time to time? I never did get to give ya a hug to make sure you knew I was kidding when I was cursing you out on IM's...Wink Then again, you knew that. That was half the fun anyhoo...Unsure


kkeenan  (D 22164)

Nov 4, 2004, 9:24 AM
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This is so very sad.
Chris was an artist in the air with a wingsuit, and was always willing to share his vast knowledge.

Blue Skies, Chris. You will be missed.

Kevin


Katieatasc  (D 27500)

Nov 4, 2004, 3:13 PM
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threads like this, obviously, tare me apart. There is nothing to say to make this any better. My heart brakes for his wife and daughter. I can't figure out why people have to be put through this pain. God bless you Chris and my deepest , most heart felt prayers go to your wife and daughter.

Katie


diablopilot  (D License)

Nov 4, 2004, 3:17 PM
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I can't figure out why people have to be put through this pain.

I don't know if it helps, but to me all life balances. The pain as strong as it feels in the begining, is tempered by the joy we experience with them in life.


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Nov 4, 2004, 4:58 PM
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This has, for many of us, been a horrific year as far as losing best friends and loved ones goes. One would think that nothing else could possibly go wrong, but then something unbelievable like this happens.

Chuck


marks  (D 22296)

Nov 4, 2004, 5:36 PM
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i have no words at all... i really dont know what to say... if you knew chris you would have known that it is a great loss...\

blue sky's chris. i really am at a loss for words.
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Mark


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 4, 2004, 8:24 PM
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I put a few more pictures up Here.


freeflir29  (D 10000000)

Nov 4, 2004, 8:30 PM
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Dammitt..........I'm always the first one to say "Remember the good times.......don't think about the loss. Celebrate life." However........I have been looking at this thread since I got home on Monday and every time I well up with tears. I guess it's because he is the first skydiver I have known CLOSELY that passed. Also it's because he was one of the nicest people I have ever met in skydiving. Always had a smile and some great advice......even when it was WFFC alcohol induced. What a great guy........I'll miss him terribly. Take care of Jay and Paul and I'll see you guys when I get there! Save me a seat at the bar and have me a cold Rolling Rock waiting!


Deuce  (D 25597)

Nov 5, 2004, 8:57 AM
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Chris helped me celebrate my new SkyMonkeyness last New Year's Eve at Eloy.

What a loss.
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Nov 5, 2004, 3:09 PM
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I'll let Chris tell you how I got to know him. clicky

I'm gonna miss him. But fortunately he's given me some advice that I took to heart and will keep with me. So in a way he's with me still. If angels do RW you can be pretty sure that Chris is messing up their camera guy.


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Nov 5, 2004, 3:53 PM
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Chris helped me celebrate my new SkyMonkeyness last New Year's Eve at Eloy.

What a loss.

I had forgotten all about those pictures, Deuce. My, what big pupils he and I had...Crazy

A brilliant evening, if I do say so.


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Nov 5, 2004, 4:07 PM
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Red Star Bird Man Competition
Stupino Russia May 2004
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Nov 5, 2004, 4:30 PM
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Stupino Russia
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The morning after a traditional Russian party, Heres Chris sporting some JJ The Jet Plane Band Aids
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Deuce  (D 25597)

Nov 5, 2004, 4:53 PM
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A brilliant evening, if I do say so.

Oh, yeah, Monkey-style!

Wink
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HiettEarp

Nov 5, 2004, 9:54 PM
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I've met Chris a few times long ago, altho I didn't know him that well, from what I hear is that he was a great guy.
My condolences to his family and friends.


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 5, 2004, 10:12 PM
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Those are great pictures from you and Chuck, and the ones in Russia. He was so stoked about that trip and he had a great time.

holy shit you guys.. FrownFrown


beezyshaw  (A 3393)

Nov 6, 2004, 8:04 PM
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Hi, everybody on dz.com. The last week has been very difficult for me. Needless to say, losing your best friend in the world is not something easy to cope with. We had a wonderful memorial service for Chris today at Tennessee Skydiving Center. Both biological and skydiving families were there and we honored him in a way that I know he would have approved of. I was asked to speak at the service and also to participate in the ash dive which followed. My wife Tracie and I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and concern that you all have shown to Chris and his family. As difficult as it was for me, I somehow found the stregth to say this about my friend, companion, brother, earlier today...

"I first met Chris in the very early 90’s when I was making test jumps for Precision, and I would come up here to the dz on weekdays to make jumps out of 42 Bravo. As I spent many an afternoon with just him, we got to know each other quite well in a short period of time. What first struck me about Chris was what a smart guy he was. Chris had a very keen wit, and many of the things he would joke about would go right over most people’s heads.

As the years went by, my friend began to work with me at Precision. As it was only a handful of guys in a factory full of “the ladies” (as we have always fondly referred to them), we spent our working hours together, ate lunch together, made test jumps after work until dark, then jumped together at the dz on weekends, and spent a lot of time on the road together. Needless to say, when you’re around someone 7 days a week, and sometimes 24 hours a day for several years, you get to know that person quite well. Chris was the kind of person that I could actually still stand to be around even after years of such close contact. The more I was around Chris; the more he rubbed off on me…now that’s a scary thought!

We had many conversations about some of the serious sides of life, many of those late at night when Chris was feeling particularly “philosophical”. While Chris is certainly remembered most for his off-the-wall sense of humor, he did have many serious thoughts and views of life. The single most important of those more serious sides of Chris was his devotion to his wife Kristi and his daughters Haley and Annabelle. I can tell you with utmost certainty that nothing meant more to Chris than his family. I’m sure that all of us that were close to Chris already know that, and Kristi you certainly know that, but I feel it important to say it now so that anybody here who may not have realized what a devoted family man Chris was, will come to a better understanding of the “real” Chris Martin. I came to love Chris Martin as my brother and that’s what makes his family forever mine as well.

Chris was the kind of guy that didn’t waste time getting to the task at hand. When something needed to be done, he was always first to roll up his sleeves and get with it. He wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, whether it be turning wrenches on an airplane, fixing the mechanical or electronic systems at Precision, the sewing machines, whatever… And if he didn’t know what was needed to get something working, he figured it out quickly. I was amazed many times at the stuff he dared to tear apart; and when it went back together, it worked. He was an incredibly smart and talented guy.

We ate lunch together every day for a long, long time… just Chris, George, and me. And every day, we would flip coins to see who had the privilege of picking up the tab. Somehow, George seemed to buy more often than either of us. Chris and I were often accused of rigging the coin toss to make sure George bought lunch. Now, really, would we do something like that? Don’t worry Chris, I’ll never tell. Hey George, you want to flip for lunch!!

Chris was a unique individual. He was zany, fun loving, witty, and a hell of a good friend and companion. He has left an indelible mark on me, and the fond memories of our years together as friends will never fade. Sometimes I wanted to absolutely choke him; he loved getting my goat and found great delight in “getting under my skin”. One thing he always did that just really got me was this: I celebrate my birthday at the WFFC. My lovely wife Tracie is the best birthday present shopper I’ve ever known. She has always surprised me with great toys for my birthday. And every year, without fail, as I’m opening a wonderful new gift, be it a remote control airplane, a scooter, a PDA, or what-have-you, Chris sneaks in the box while I’m ooo-ing and aah-ing the new gizmo, and takes the manual and won’t let me have it… “Real men don’t need no stinkin’ manual.” I am one of the exceptions, I guess, because I want to read the book! Chris wouldn’t hear of it, and the madder I got at him about it, the funnier he always thought it was. So typical Chris…

Some of the memories I have of times spent with Chris are the best times I’ve had in my life. He was always a little envious of some of the darker sides of my younger days, and he loved to get me to tell him stories. But whenever I could see his wheels begin to turn, and he’d say stuff like “so, do you still know any of those people down there” or anything like that, I’d stop him right there and say something like an older brother would say to stop little brother from doing something stupid. Chris had a sense of adventure that few have. Thank goodness for his sake we weren’t friends in the early ‘80’s.

We had some great adventures together, traveling to many places together, even road trips as far as the west coast. That can be a long time in the cab of a truck together. I never got tired of being around Chris; my only problem is I couldn’t come close to keeping up with him! If I ever said, “man, I’m tired, I think I’m going to bed. We’ve got a big day tomorrow” or anything like that, then he would somehow have that ability to get me to stay for just “one more” nightcap.

And then there was the time we were on our way to the WFFC and Precision’s RV burned to a crisp on the shoulder of I 57- THAT was pretty rich. I can’t go into that story now, but believe me; we had quite an experience on that trip. When Tracie went into labor, he posted on dropzone.com a contest to guess the time of our daughter’s birth to win a free canopy. Tracie got so angry with him for calling telling her to cross her legs, it wasn’t time yet, or “What is she doing? Tell her to hurry up and push. My time is an hour from now.” She wanted to post a contest to see “how many miles will Beezy and Chris get out of Dunlap before breaking down?” Chris didn’t think that was nearly as funny. And speaking of the WFFC, Chris Martin was known throughout the land as the last one to bed and, amazingly, the first one up in the morning, not just once, or twice, but night after night after night. Surely he slept for a couple of days solid when we would get home from the convention.

A few of the things Chris said have jumped out at me, as I’ve been thinking about my friend in the last few days. Here’s a good one…he called one night, and when I answered the phone he just said, “what does 2 lines on the EPT mean?” Well, Chris, what it means is, H A L E Y ! Tracie and I have laughed about that phone call many times. Here’s another of Chris’ famous lines that I’m sure many people here know all too well… “No, the weather is clear here, we’re flying loads right now. Get your butt to the drop zone!”

I could go on and on with so many stories about my friend that are dear to my heart, and all of the things that made him so special. I know you all could too, and that’s what makes Chris Martin so memorable. So I’m going to close with one of my fondest memories, and one that I know Chris would say himself if he only could be here now; Like I’ve said about what an energetic life-of-the-party guy he could be, every day at a boogie, and I mean EVERY day at a boogie, Chris would come up to me with that familiar twinkle in his eye, that look of child-like mischief, and say kind of quietly, “You know…I hear…tonight’s going to be a party night.”


diablopilot  (D License)

Nov 7, 2004, 12:05 AM
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Thank you Beezy.


Wish I could have been there.





-jp-


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Nov 7, 2004, 9:46 AM
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The service was beautiful and Chris could not have shined on us more.

I wish I had taken better photos, but here they are.
Some are from Friday when we were getting the dz ready for the service, and the rest are from Saturday.
It was a party night *indeed*! But out of respect for those who were running around naked in a canoe full of ice cold beer.. I can't post those pics.. ShockedLaughSlySmile


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skydivejones

Nov 7, 2004, 1:20 PM
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many many great things were said about chris on saturday......thanks for posting yours here Beezy


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Nov 8, 2004, 8:59 AM
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The Sun was Beautiful..Awesome day.

With all Friends and Family. Wow...
We had a Spread of Food Galore.

Just the way Chris would have wanted it..


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Nov 8, 2004, 11:45 AM
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I was unable to attend but Kristi asked that I write something. This is what I wrote:

I may not have known Chris as well or as long as some of you here, but then again Chris could make you feel like you had known him your whole life in a matter of 5 minutes.

Like every person here today, Chris was not perfect but he had many qualities that we all recognized and came to love. Chris had a positive energy around him that made people want to be around him. Chris loved to socialize with everybody and with his steel blue eyes and his big grin was always easy to spot, although some would claim it was his Hawaiian shirts and flip flops that made him easy to spot.

Chris shared with people, no matter what it was or how long he had known you. He was always willing to talk to you or give you some of his time. We all saw something in Chris that made him special to us. For me, it was his enthusiasm and passion about skydiving, especially when it came to flying his BirdMan suit.

Chris could make people smile, he made me and I’m sure everyone here smile. Think back on those moments, I’m sure there are many of them. Chris lived life, he stood on the edge and really lived life which is why we all loved him so. We all saw qualities in Chris that we liked for one reason or another. All of those good Chris qualities that I could list, and there are many, those are what you and I should try to live up to. Chris is my friend and my bro, I will miss him, but instead of focusing on the sorrow, I will remember all the good times we had together. I am sure that’s how Chris would of wanted it.


Scott Campos


beezyshaw  (A 3393)

Nov 9, 2004, 7:42 AM
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A few pictures, taken by Jason Waller, of our skydive on Saturday at Chris' memorial service...
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skydivegirl  (D 25942)

Nov 9, 2004, 7:51 AM
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Thanks Beezy. From the ground, that was the most beautiful and heartbreaking thing I have ever seen in my life. I can't imagine how it felt to be up there with him.

~S


sinker

Dec 3, 2004, 9:25 PM
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Hi everyone. Most of you don't know me, but I knew Chris. He did my tandem training in '94 and my AFF later that same year. He and Gino Leon had a huge impact on me getting the skydive bug back then. For several years, Chris, Gino, Denny Collins, and Kent Stephens were my "family." I've not been in the sport for some time now, mostly due to my kids being so young. That makes Chris' death particularly hard, knowing that Haley and Annabelle now have to live with his absence.

I'd come down to the DZ all the time and just hang out, wanting to learn whatever I could. Chris was always willing to teach. And joke. And poke fun. And loan me smokes. And bribe me into buying beer, even when I didn't owe any. And we'd fly the Lear Jet on flightsim when the weather sucked. And he would talk me into dipping my hand in AvGas to help him clean the dirty Twin-Bo he used to have. And he'd get pissed off at my clumsiness and yell at me but after I'd stay away for awhile, he'd call and invite me back, saying I was family. That meant tons to me, being new to TN and not knowing many people. And he would let me fly his stunt kite on windy days. And we laughed our heads off at the tandem he took up, the poor student had sinus problems and in freefall had snot all over his face. Chris did everything he could to avoid getting the shit all over himself!

One load just off of AFF and trying to get my 200 lb ass out the Cessna door, he got impatient with me, roled the plane to the right and kicked me in the ass. Out I tumbled, onto my back. I could see him clearly, laughing his ass off. I flipped him off and he just laughed more.

He was always safety conscious. I remember him landing out on numerous occasions if the wind was causing turbulance off the hangars at the DZ. He'd rather walk the long way back than take an unecessary risk. And he always had an AAD, at least as far as I knew. That is why his death makes me angry as well as deeply sad. Why didn't he have an AAD? Why such a small canopy? I don't understand and it makes me angry. But I do know that he died doing what he loved. That is somehow strangely consoling and inspiring to me. But the cost seems too high. I don't know. The man had passion, that's for sure. I hope that helps his family in their grief.

My favorite memory of him is this... many of you who have been to his DZ might recall the picture that was on his office door for years. I came down in April of '03 and made a few jumps, and the pic was still there. It's Chris on the step of the Cessna, ready to jump. Strapped to his chest is a small teady bear. Here's the story of that pic... at that time my wife was a gradeschool teacher in Nashville. She had received that bear in the mail from a student in another state, a boy who was ill and wanted to send that bear across the country and see where it ended up before returning to him.

Well, I thought it would be cool to ask Chris to jump with it and he agreed to it. I gave a cheapo disposable camera to the pilot, and viola, there's the pic. Chris was so happy to do this seemingly small deed for a sick kid. I sent the bear back w/ a copy of the pic to the kid. I never heard from him, but just imagine the grin on that kids face, knowing that his bear went jumping with a generous man, a skydiver, in Tennessee! I'll never forget that kindness Chris showed.

Man, I'm bummed. Even though my relationship with Chris was from the past, his death still leaves a hole in me. And to read on this thread that Kent Stephens is gone too? I hadn't heard that and it makes me even more sad. Kent did my first tandem! He was down to earth and was very kind to me.

Even though I'm not part of the jumping community anymore, I still grieve with you all. Chris was always the life of the party and he'll be missed. My prayers go out to him, Kristi, Haley, Kelly and Annabelle.

michael dudek


Aviatrr  (D 27349)

Apr 10, 2005, 9:29 PM
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Holy shit....I have been out of the sport for a while now due to an injury, and was recently trying to get in touch with Chris....when I found this post. I have read through all the replies, but I still can't believe it. Chris was the one that hooked me up with my first x-braced canopy, and helped me learn to fly it effectively. He volunteered his time, jumps, and even HIS CANOPY to help me. Chris and I made a few wingsuit jumps together, too...

I'm sure this is quite a blast from the past for all of you, and I'm sorry if it brings up bad memories....but this is the first I knew of this. RIP Chris...BSBD, dude.

Mike


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Apr 11, 2005, 9:01 PM
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Mike,

I'm sorry you are just now hearing of this. Life has not been the same without Chris.
His family is healing, and doing well. His daughter is growing and is as adorable as ever.

I love to talk about Chris and share memories. If it would help you, you are more than welcome to get in touch with me.

blues,

Kristi


Deuce  (D 25597)

Apr 11, 2005, 9:10 PM
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Hey, Mike.

I didn't hear about your injury.

I hope you are OK.

Please PM me, when you have time.

JP


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Gone but not forgotten bro. Sadly, two others who posted in this thread are now also gone, both fantastic people in many ways. Hopefully all of you are hanging out together telling lies to one another and sipping a cold one. I raise my glass to you all.

RIP: Chris Martin, Beezy Shaw, JP Kelly (aka Deuce).


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Oct 30, 2007, 4:52 AM
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WUML?

Still missing you, Chris. You all better be partying up there.


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Oct 30, 2007, 6:30 AM
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I met Chris' wife yesterday at Beezys memorial service. I never met Chris. a friend of mine tried to get me to go up there a few times but I never made it. I thought there would always be time.


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Oct 30, 2007, 11:47 AM
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Losing Beezy has definitley reopened some wounds. Being around Beezy was, in a sense, like being around Chris. It would have felt the same if time had turned around and we lost Beezy before Chris. Its going to be hard to find a way to let them both go.
Love and healing prayers to all who loved them.


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Oct 30, 2007, 9:16 PM
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In reply to:
Losing Beezy has definitley reopened some wounds. Being around Beezy was, in a sense, like being around Chris. It would have felt the same if time had turned around and we lost Beezy before Chris. Its going to be hard to find a way to let them both go.
Love and healing prayers to all who loved them.

You said it girl. I just heard about beezy from krisanne about an hour ago. <heavy sigh> Gonna miss beezy. Still miss chris. Frown Sometimes it gets easier. Sometimes it doesn't.


ragoo

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Even though it's been over 3 years, I just found out Chris is gone a couple weeks ago when I ran into another of our old skydiving buddies in Wal-Mart. I'm just now going through what the rest of you went through back then.
Believe it or not, but I actually trained Chris for his first jump back in the good ole' days of the Golden Eagle Sport Parachute Club at Tennessee Tech in the mid '80's. Something that stands out in my mind is how he would so casually outdo me. I'd been doing this stuff for over a year (PLF, suspended harness, etc.). I had lots of students I had to spend extra time with. I would show Chris something one time and he would do it better than me and then grin at me like he knew I knew it, and I did. In a matter of months, we traded places and he became one of my RW instructors. And he was a good one, too.
Even when I landed feeling like crap because I thought I blew the jump, he always had something positive and constructive to offer.
Chris was there for some of the best days of my life. We'd jump all day at White County Airport, then when it got dark we'd go stash our gear in the football stadium at Tech, then off to Grady's, our (un)official clubhouse for refreshments and tall tales.
I haven't jumped since about '90 but I'm starting to feel froggy again. I've also been thinking about Chris alot lately. Spring's around the corner. I'm hoping for a spiritual convergence to happen here. Maybe.
For years I kept telling myself I would cruise down to Tullahoma and drop in in him and for years I never did. Now I'm kicking myself hard.
Love you, buddy, and I miss you.

Randy Goolsby[reply]


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Chris's birthday was last week, and its hard to believe its coming up on five years since we lost him. I think it would have been his 50th.

Life has changed a lot but I'll never forget the good times. Still miss you, Chris Martin!


MrHixxx  (D 24144)

Sep 11, 2009, 12:12 AM
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English John and I were remembering Chris this past weekend at Couchfreaks. It isn't quite the same without him. Sharing family photos, talking about our kids and skydiving. Another year he should have been there with us...

-Jon


Premier skybytch  (D License)

Sep 11, 2009, 5:29 PM
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Every time I hear someone talking in that distinctive TN accent, I think about and miss Chris. So glad I got the chance to be a friend of his. Smile


haineyD8971  (D 8971)

Oct 11, 2009, 7:09 PM
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Hi, MrHixxx & Everybody-
I'm sitting here in Baghdad & for me the month of October has been a terrible time of the year since 2004. First, we lost Chris five years ago, then Beezy too soon afterward. I just received my October 09 Parachutist (mail is truly in the "snail" mode here) and found out that we lost SGM Harry Parrish out at West Point, VA in August of this year. Too many good friends and mentors leaving us too soon! This is truly a bad month. I miss my friends and they're always on my mind even after these years.

I'd posted my respects for both Chris and Beezy on this website years ago, but I think that I screwed up and they were never displayed. I'm not good with computers, anyway (and now the irony with that-I started my MBA online.....I've got my hands full).

I met Chris in McMinnville, TN back in the late 80s when I returned from being stationed in Korea. I saw a USPA sticker on his vehicle & flagged him down; it was one of the best impulsive things I've ever done with my life. I thank God that I was given the gift and honor of calling Chris "friend".

I was on leave from the Army at the time; Chris & I got some intel that there was some heavy skydiving going on in Jenkinsburg, GA. So we decided to do a road trip down there in separate vehicles; I was to follow Chris. Yeah, right!!

Chris drove like the proverbial "bat out of hell" and I lost him almost immediately near the TN-GA state line when we started hitting the hills. We managed to link up later & made it in one piece to J-burg, where Billy Roades was running the DZ. They had either a King or Queen Air & I was ecstatic! I'd only jumped military helicopters with maybe a couple hundred of Cessna jumps at that time. When we were dirt diving, Chris asked me if I wanted to be front float and I eagerly replied "Hell, Yeah!!" Then I paused and asked Chris what a front float was. He just shook his head & smiled, then tolerantly explained what I had to do.

Chris was always patient & a great mentor. Every jump I made with him, whether in J-Burg or at the grass runway in Carr,TN (with King Morton flying the Cessna) or at T-homa, was a gift.

When I was about to hit 1,000 jumps in Hawaii, I waited until I came back to Tennessee because I wanted to do #1,000 at Tullahoma with Chris. We did a 2 way on the last lift of the day; it was going to be a "cat" with Chris on the tail. He threw out my pilot chute at about 9,000 ft; I still remember his smirk as my canopy deployed. Chris nailed me with a pie as soon as I landed. Afterward, a huge t-storm moved in and all of us got trashed on some of Chris' moonshine. What a day!!!

I was on shift as a deputy at the Cannon County Sheriff's Dept on that terrible night that I heard about Chris. My wife kept crying and was having trouble telling me what happened; she thought the world of Chris like everyone else. When she finally told me, I had to pull over because I could barely see to drive. The closest place to park was a small church in the back area of the county; that seemed fitting somehow. I staggered out of my patrol car (the reserve deputy riding with me thought I'd gone nuts) and I didn't think the tears would ever stop.

I hadn't gotten that much of a chance to be around Chris when I retired from the Army and became a cop, and it tore me up when I realized I'd never see my friend's smile or hear him joke around with me ever again. I will regret that lost time with Chris for the rest of my life. You just don't make friends like him everyday. One of the beautiful things about are sport is the special friendships that you make with exceptional people like Chris.

When Kristi allowed me to both speak at the memorial service for Chris and make that final jump with Beezy, Dave Nye, and Chris, I could never articulate the special gratitude that I owe to her. Those moments were some of the most difficult and emotional, yet honorable things that I've ever done in my life. No words are eloquent enough to articulate, and I'm forever grateful to Kristi for allowing me to be a part of it.
My thoughts and prayers are frequently with Kristi, Haley, Anabelle, and all of the family and friends that knew and loved Chris.

Mr. Hixxx-Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you and everyone else. I agree with you.....it isn't quite the same without Chris.

Mike Hainey
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Dougjumper  (B License)

Oct 15, 2009, 4:41 PM
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Hey Bra, Sure miss the Fun times down here in Tullahoma. Hope your having a good time up there. I know you and Beezy are keeping things on the cooler. Damn I miss ya both. Tullahoma will never be the same.

Peace my Friends! Thinking of ya. Doug W. Aka (Toby).


Baja_James

Mar 15, 2010, 11:22 AM
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I know Chris has been gone a long time now. I meet him at Tn Tech and the GESPC skydiving club. I meet him after I met Boyd Evans while he was visiting UTK. I learned to skydive with them and King Morton. When I got word of the accident I was shocked and sad. He was a great guy.

Blue Skies Chris and thanks for what you taught me.

James


precision  (C 9637)

Oct 30, 2010, 12:23 AM
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My dear friend Chris,
It was six years ago today that your spirit instantly vanished into the sky at 12 grand over Eloy. I miss everything about you, and I think of you all the time. What great memories! Blues, brother. RIP


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Oct 30, 2010, 8:17 AM
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Still missing you brother....along with Beezy and JP (Deuce). From my post in 2004, I still find it to be an appropriate descriptor of Chris.


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I was unable to attend but Kristi asked that I write something. This is what I wrote:

I may not have known Chris as well or as long as some of you here, but then again Chris could make you feel like you had known him your whole life in a matter of 5 minutes.

Like every person here today, Chris was not perfect but he had many qualities that we all recognized and came to love. Chris had a positive energy around him that made people want to be around him. Chris loved to socialize with everybody and with his steel blue eyes and his big grin was always easy to spot, although some would claim it was his Hawaiian shirts and flip flops that made him easy to spot.

Chris shared with people, no matter what it was or how long he had known you. He was always willing to talk to you or give you some of his time. We all saw something in Chris that made him special to us. For me, it was his enthusiasm and passion about skydiving, especially when it came to flying his BirdMan suit.

Chris could make people smile, he made me and I’m sure everyone here smile. Think back on those moments, I’m sure there are many of them. Chris lived life, he stood on the edge and really lived life which is why we all loved him so. We all saw qualities in Chris that we liked for one reason or another. All of those good Chris qualities that I could list, and there are many, those are what you and I should try to live up to. Chris is my friend and my bro, I will miss him, but instead of focusing on the sorrow, I will remember all the good times we had together. I am sure that’s how Chris would of wanted it.


Scott Campos


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Oct 30, 2010, 8:51 AM
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I jumped at his DZ a bunch of times in the late 90's and he always greeted me with a shit-eating grin. What a character. Always missed... Unsure

Jumping out of his Twin Bos were never boring! ShockedLaugh


Amazon  (D License)

Oct 31, 2010, 1:26 PM
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I jumped at his DZ a bunch of times in the late 90's and he always greeted me with a shit-eating grin. What a character. Always missed... Unsure

Jumping out of his Twin Bos were never boring! ShockedLaugh

Wow going back thru this thread WAY too many dead friendsUnsureUnsure


chaoskitty  (B 26574)

Oct 31, 2010, 4:22 PM
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Unfortunately, the old Tullahoma crowd adds another friend lost, on the anniversary of Chris's death. It's too much.. (fatality in Russelville KY)..


freefalljason  (D 26672)

Oct 30, 2012, 5:54 AM
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Hard to believe it's been 8 years.

Still miss you, my friend. Frown

Blue Skies forever,
Jason


Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Oct 30, 2012, 9:16 AM
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I'm numb just thinking about how many people in the industry we lost that year. Re-reading posts from dead guys creeps me out. Chris and Beezy were the best. JP was pretty damn cool too.

BSBD


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Nov 1, 2012, 7:01 AM
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Hard to believe it's been 8 years.

Still miss you, my friend. Frown

Blue Skies forever,
Jason

And I'm still pissed off about the stunt that Skyride pulled getting the phone number switched from Chris' DZ to ring at their call center on the sly. MadMadMad

Chris Martin was a great guy. Always welcomed me with a smile at the DZ. Good memories of jumping his old Twin Bo (before it crashed), as well as his boogies with Dave Norcutt's Super King Air T-Tail 200 and the Mr. Douglas DC-3 (which incidentally, is still sitting broken on the tarmac out there)...


Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Nov 15, 2012, 9:50 AM
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Chris helped me celebrate my new SkyMonkeyness last New Year's Eve at Eloy.

What a loss.

OUCH!



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