Spc. Christopher Conn of California died in a Humvee accident in Panama just days after he arrived there for a humanitarian mission to participate in a humanitarian aid project. The reserve units are building schools, health clinics and providing medical assistance for local residents. Christopher attended Beaumont schools, graduating from Beaumont High School in 1999 and was a highly motivated individual. He loved family, friends and sports and excelled at tennis going to CIF while in high school and on the tennis team at Mt. San Jacinto College. He was fluent in Spanish, speaking and interpretation entering the United States Army in 2000 and trained as a linguist in Spanish. He served in Columbia in Central America, as a linguist, attached to the US Embassy for five years. He then was attached to the Glendale National Guard serving in San Diego with the US Border Patrol. Most recently volunteering for duty in Panama. While serving his country, he still managed to gain an Associates of Science degree from MSJC as well as preparing to transfer to California State University to acquire his teaching credentials. Christopher became a Colorado "River Rat" early in life, spending many summers at the river with family and friends. He and his brother were always engaged in competition whether it be water sports, baseball, football, hockey, tennis or marbles. He enjoyed a challenge, always determined to win. Christopher also developed a passion for traveling, it seems he was always on the road cruising in his vintage Mercedes.
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