Scott Alan Geoffrion 40
A two-time former Pro Stock World Championship runner-up and a nine-time national event winner, died May 8 of an apparent heart attack in Irvine, California.
Geoffrion was hospitalized Sunday night for observation with breathing problems and a fever stemming from ulcers in his esophagus and was stricken the next day.
Geoffrion, who drove for Warren Johnson through 1991 before joining David Hutchens’ star-crossed Wayne County Speed Shop/Dodge Boys team with Darrell Alderman, reached the final round 28 times in a career that spanned more than 200 races from 1987 through 2004. He didn’t score his first victory until his 10th final round, in Memphis in 1993, where he defeated Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden. His most recent win was in 1997 in Topeka.
Geoffrion logged six top 10 finishes, including world championship runner-ups in 1992 and 1994; he scored a career-high six wins in 1994 yet finished second to Alderman. He finished third in 1993 and fourth in 1991.
Geoffrion sat out the 2001 season after being released from the Dodge camp following three lackluster seasons but resurfaced in a Ford with new team owner Hurley Blakeney and scored his final top 10 finish in 2003, a season in which he was runner-up twice.
‘scott will be remembered not only as a fierce competitor in the NHRA PowerAde Drag Racing Series, but as a friend to so many in the Pro Stock community,? said NHRA President Tom Compton. ?Everyone at NHRA is shocked by the news of his unexpected passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to Scott’s entire family.?
‘scott Geoffrion was one of those special people who didn’t have an enemy in the world,? said Warren Johnson. ?He worked for us in 1991, which was an enjoyable year for everyone on the team. He was a good racer and just a great person to have around.
?Even though we would go on to have our well-publicized staging battles, we never stopped being friends. We will miss seeing his smiling face at the track. He was a genuinely nice guy who was taken away from us much too soon.?
The younger Johnson echoed his father’s sentiments.
‘scott was a great racer in his own right and always a tremendous supporter of our racing program, but more importantly, he was a great friend, a loving father, beloved brother and a loving son with a huge heart. They say you only need five good friends throughout your life, like the fingers on one hand. Scott was definitely one of my five, so it’s like I’ve lost a finger. We’re certainly going to miss him.?
Wakes will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2006 ~ 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at O’Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 949 581-4300; Monday, May 15, 2006 ~ 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ 07481. 201 891-3400.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 ~ 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, 900 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430. The services are welcome to the public.
An Interment will immediately follows at Redeemer Cemetery, 90 Chapel Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430. 201 818-1222.
Geoffrion, a Vice-President for National Electronic Alloys, Inc. of Santa Ana, California is survived by his loving children, Kyle and Alexa Geoffrion; devoted parents, Jeanne and Richard Geoffrion of Mahwah, NJ; beloved brother, Rick Geoffrion and his wife, Krista of Tuxedo Park, NJ; beloved sister, Michele Geoffrion of Mahwah, NJ. He was dearly loved by many and will be deeply missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in Scott Geoffrion’s memory to the Drag Racing Association of Women DRAW, 4 Hance Drive, Charleston, IL 61920. Online Website address: www.drawfasthelp.org.