Kimm, Jesse Eugene "Gene"
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Jesse Eugene "Gene" Kimm passed away on May 19, 2014. Jesse will be remembered as a loving father, a proud grandpa, a wonderful little brother, a fun uncle, and a compassionate friend and neighbor. He was born in Spokane, Washington on May 4, 1937. He graduated from Washington State College, where he was a member of the Pistol Club, with a degree in Police Science and Administration. Jesse served his country in the US Army Military Intelligence and was based in Oahu, Hawaii. While serving, he earned Marksman (Rifle M-1) and Expert (Pistol .38) accolades. In 1962, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and joined the City of Phoenix Police Department as the 1000th officer hired. He obtained his Master of Arts Degree in Education at Arizona State University and taught Social Studies at Desert Sands Junior High in Phoenix, Arizona. After retiring, he moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Jesse loved to fish, camp, shoot, and dance and he was known for his good humor, thoughtfulness, and optimism. When they think of him, Jesse's daughters will remember eating hotcakes, dancing to "Puff the Magic Dragon", having picnics at the Hassayampa River with Jesse's special macaroni salad, and talking to him for hours on end. Jesse was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Kimm, who passed away on January 13, 2010. He is survived by daughters Patricia Gorski and Sandra Creta, grandchildren Olivia and Justin Creta, sons-in-law Leonard Gorski and Vincent Creta, big brother John Kimm, sister-in-law Lila Kimm, nephew Ed Kimm, nephew Steve Kimm and family, and many neighbors and friends who thought of him, and treated him, like family. Jesse did not wish for a funeral service. Donations in memory of Jesse may be made to the American Legion or the Disabled American Veterans.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 1, 2014