Herb Zimmerman

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Herb Zimmerman Obituary
Herb Zimmerman, 83, of Dallas died on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Memorial service: in his honor will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Prestonwood Baptist Church Chapel on Park Boulevard, Plano. Interment: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Mount Vernon. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite local charity in Herb's name. His parents, Bob and Gertrude Zimmerman, and his brother, Hank, preceded him in death. Herb graduated from high school in Mount Vernon in 1948. While there he played on both of Coach Catfish Smith's State Final, undefeated Championship teams in basketball and football. He entered TCU in 1948 and graduated in the spring of 1952 where he played under the legendary Coach Dutch Meyer as a defensive guard. He made All-Southwest Conference in his junior and senior years and several honorable mention All-American teams his senior year. After graduation in 1952, he went to Weatherford as assistant football coach, head basketball coach, and golf coach. He left Weatherford in 1955 for the head coaching job in Mount Pleasant. He took the program from a losing situation to the state semifinals in 1959. After the 1959 season, Coach John Bridgers at Baylor University called him for an interview and hired him as a defensive coach and later as defensive coordinator. After the '66 season Coach Hayden Frey called him to come to SMU as defensive coordinator. He moved there in January of 1967. There were four bowl games during his years at Baylor and SMU in which he had the privilege of coaching. At both schools he recruited and coached some outstanding players, including several All-Americans. To the end of his life he had close ties with many of them and he cherished the memories from those days. After leaving SMU, he built executive homes in upper middle-class neighborhoods under the name Herb Zimmerman Distinctive Homes. He helped organize Westwind Properties Development Company with two other partners and served as its president. They developed residential additions in North Dallas and Collin County. In 1978 he bought a ranch on the Brazos River between Whitney and Waco where he raised American Red Brahmans and Charlet Cattle. He sold Red Brahmans to ranchers in Latin American and Africa as well as to ranchers in the warmer regions of the U.S. During those years he served on the board of directors of the American Brahman Breeders Association. He also showed Brahmans at major cattle shows throughout the southern U.S. from Arizona to Florida and had both male and female champions during this period. He retired to Z-Bar Ranch in the late '80s and enjoyed ranch life until 1995 when he returned to Dallas. At that time he was inducted into the TCU Sports Hall of Fame, an honor he cherished. In gratitude for the opportunities TCU gave him for an excellent education as well as a future in sports, Herb made contributions to the TCU Athletic Department to help other athletes. Survivors: Herb is survived by his wife, Dot, to whom he was married for 61 years; his son, Scott and his wife, Stacey; daughter, Debby; and son, Tom and his wife, Linda. He has eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 13, 2013
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