Quinn Alec Hoover, 17, of Hagerstown, Md., went to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Quinn was born on July 14, 1994, in Hagerstown, and is the son of Thomas Forrest Hoover and Sonja Louise Bartles Hoover.
Quinn was an active honor student at Clear Spring High School and Washington County Technical High School. At Clear Spring, he was a member of the band in the ninth grade; jazz band in ninth and 10th grades; Future Farmers of America in ninth and 10th grades; boys soccer team in grades nine through 12; and indoor and outdoor track in the 12th grade. In 2009, he competed at the National FFA Convention.
Quinn attended the technical high school his junior and senior years, where he was accepted into the Biomedical Program. Quinn always volunteered to be the guinea pig for class experiments. He was to graduate this June at both Clear Spring and Technical High.
He had been accepted to McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., with an academic scholarship and the hopes of playing soccer there. He was majoring in exercise science and physical education this fall and wanted to be either a physical therapist or chiropractor.
He started his Scouting career as a tiger cub with Cub Scout Pack 64 in Maugansville. He then crossed over to Boy Scouts to join Troop 2, Hagerstown. During his Boy Scout career, he earned many merit badges and was working on his Eagle Scout project. His project of building bat boxes to strengthen the bat population stricken by white nose disease will be completed by his troop. Quinn attended the 2010 National Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., where he participated in the largest cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation-certified class for the Guinness Book World of Records. Quinn was a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Guneukitschik Lodge 317.
He was a member of Venturing Crew 2, PotAmac Indian Dancers. He had been the lead grass dancer and was named Dancer of the Year in 2011.
He was employed with the Washington County Parks and Recreation Department as an assistant swim instructor. He was in the process of becoming a certified swim instructor.
Quinn was a fifth generation member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was an active member of the youth group. In addition to attending church, he was a member of Clear Spring’s Young Life group.
He was a member of the living history group, Joshua Bealls Company of Maryland Forces. Quinn participated with the group at Fort Frederick State Park and other historic venues.
Quinn had many passions including traveling with his family to Europe, Ireland, and in the United States; playing various instruments including the saxophone; swimming; and a love for music that included a diverse collection. He enjoyed spending time in the woods and mountains, especially at Camp Sinoquipe.
His love for food and nature was cultivated in his family garden. Quinn preferred international cuisine, especially spicy foods.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Levi Gavin Hoover, at home; maternal grandparents, Ralph Daniel Bartles Jr. and Penelope Sue Miller Bartles of Hagerstown; paternal grandmother, Darlene “Dot” Anne McSherry Hoover of Smithsburg; maternal great-grandmother, Etta Louise Slayman Bartles of Hagerstown; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his dogs, Rocky and Murphy.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Forrest Quinton Hoover.
Quinn is now a Living Legacy hero by donating his organs to save the lives of others.
Quinn’s life will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at Tri-State Fellowship Church, 13153 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Pastors Stan and Stephanie Steele will be officiating. Interment will be private.
Visitation will be held this Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Douglas Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Quinn Alec Hoover Legacy Scholarship Foundation, c/o Ralph Bartles, 10807 Lincoln Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com