Eugene "Gene" Zimmerman

Obituary for Eugene "Gene" Zimmerman

January 23, 1945 - February 12, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 73



Eugene "Gene" Zimmerman, aged 73, passed away Monday, February 12th, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

Gene grew up in Tucson where he loved the mountains and open spaces of Southern Arizona. In a junior high science fair project, he built a rocket, long before rocket-building kits were available. This rocket-building project sparked a lifelong interest in rocketry. Gene attended the University of Arizona, where he earned degrees in both civil and structural engineering.

In college, Gene met Jan Haxton, the most beautiful brunette he'd ever seen, at a Baptist retreat. He was smitten, but still verified that Jan had a high enough G.P.A. before pursuing the relationship. 51 years this month from meeting, Gene was still very much in love with this beautiful brunette. Gene and Jan recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children, Peter and Michelle, and extended family. Despite being blessed with more than five decades together, it was not enough time.

In his later years, Gene enjoyed writing. He used his knowledge from three decades as a petroleum engineer to write the novel, _Terror at Black Canyon_. He loved all Apple products and having coffee with friends. He could frequently be seen with his iPad or iPhone, keeping in touch with all of his family and friends. Gene had a kind and generous heart, and he put others needs before his own.

Five years ago, Gene's joy grew even more when his adorable granddaughter, Genevieve, was born. Gene took to being a grandfather as none could expect. Gene was thrilled to be her "Goppy," and that little girl was his world. Gene shared pictures of Genevieve and stories of her to all. A prouder grandfather could not be found. Every day he shared with Genevieve was a gift from God.

The thing that defined Gene the most was his commitment as a follower of Jesus Christ. Everything in his life reflected Christ's love. Gene was a faithful servant. He was a loving husband to Jan. He was a supportive father to Peter and Michelle, and he loved Michelle's husband Stephen and his brother Rob as if they were his own sons. Gene was the best brother to Ron. Gene loved Jan's family as his own. His family appreciated Gene's wisdom, grace, and generosity as he opened his heart and his home. He loved well and was well-loved by all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Washington Zimmerman and Vera Viola Bowder Zimmerman.

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Rev. Polly Angle, Rev. Don Tuttle, and Pastor Reese Henry will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Texas.(

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