Zimmerman in accident
Gene Zimmerman, a Carson Valley resident since 1991, was killed in a one-car accident Wednesday near Provo, Utah.
The Zimmermans were on vacation. Anna, Gene’s wife, is recovering from serious injuries in a Provo hospital. Her prognosis is good, according to reports.
Zimmerman retired from Nabisco Co. in 1988, and he and Anna moved here in 1991.
He had been an active member of the community since coming here. He is a past president of the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club and was lieutenant governor-elect of Division 45. He was a director of the High Sierra Fly Casters.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Modispacher credited Zimmerman with being a driving force behind the Kiwanis/DCSO project to fingerprint all of the county’s school children.
“Gene was the smile of the Kiwanis,” Modispacher said Friday. “He was so uplifiting, he was always so pleasant. If things weren’t going just right, he always made light of the situation.”
Modispacher said Zimmerman hadn’t missed a fingerprint program in the past three years.
“There were always kids lined up behind Gene’s station,” Modispacher said. “Even the kindergarten kids would look in Gene’s sparkling eyes and not be afraid.”
Modispacher said Sheriff Ron Pierini spoke with Zimmerman the day before he and his wife left on their trip.
“Sheriff Pierini is just devastated,” Modispacher said. “It hurts to see the really nice people leave. Gene left quite an impression.”
Zimmerman was a member of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church and served as a lay member representative to the annual district conference of the Methodist Church for the last five years.
He was a member of the Methodist choir and served as treasurer of the Methodist Men’s club.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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