Jonathan “Hans” Amos Horst-Martz, 22, of Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa., died unexpectedly Dec. 30, 2020. He was born Aug. 10, 1998, to Galen and Jenny Anne Horst-Martz in Philadelphia and was a lifelong attender of Germantown Mennonite Church.
He brought energy and conviction to every aspect of his life and work. He was pursuing a double major in botany and environmental studies and expected to graduate from Connecticut College in May 2021. He lived out his passion for environmental justice not only through his course work but also through his work as a fellow in the college’s office of sustainability, through two summers of independent botany research and through extended studies of regenerative farming and community agriculture in Australia, in Vermont and on his college campus. He was equally passionate about working toward social justice, a commitment that was evident in his service to the Black Student Union at his high school, Friends Select School; in his absolute commitment to gender equality, the LGBTQIA community and people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. He wrestled with his own privilege and lived out his convictions by using his buying power as a consumer to support small and local businesses. He will be remembered by many for the annual collection of denim and corduroy that he began at age 8 after participating in a workday at the MCC Material Resource Center in Ephrata.
Survivors include his parents, Galen and Jenny Anne Horst-Martz; a sister, Emma Horst-Martz; and grandparents Larry and Anne Martz.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pasa Sustainable Agriculture or Mennonite Central Committee water projects.