Loving Husband & Father
Our darling father, Stephen Ross Zimmerman, passed away on a beautiful, brisk spring day, April 22, 2013. Steve was born June 2, 1931 to R. Scott and Elizabeth Hutchinson Zimmerman.
Our father grew up in Holladay, the youngest brother to three older mischievous brothers and two sisters. By nature, Steve was an observer and storyteller. We have been mesmerized and awed by the tales he told and retold of the brothers' memorable adventures growing up together in a gentler and sweeter time and of his adored little sister. Steve was a warm, fun loving man who always kept a positive attitude and calming presence. Steve had a keen sense of humor and a dazzling smile, and he loved life.
One of the most significant events in Steve's life was marrying the love of his life, his childhood sweetheart, Carol June Ridd. Together, they raised seven loving children, four of which were from Carol's first marriage. Our childhood was secure, warm and happy because of their union. We thought that it was pretty cool that Steve and his brother Jerry married sisters Beverly and, our mother, Carol. We miss them and cherish our memories.
As a young man, Steve attended the University of Utah and served in the Air National Guard. From there he enlisted in the Air Force. He told tales of flying in B-25's and A-26 airplanes that flew target banners which were shot at with live ammunition by other airplanes. Steve spent most of his professional life in the telecommunications industry in marketing with Mountain Bell Telephone Company and Precision Wire and Telephone and later, with Turn Community. He always presented himself as a finely polished professional executive. He had movie star charisma that even Cary Grant would have envied. Most of all he sincerely enjoyed meeting new people, ready to extend a helping hand that always resulted in trusted friendships lasting a lifetime.
We will deeply miss our father's blue as the sky, twinkling and mischievous eyes and his beautiful smile that would light anyone's heart, if you had the pleasure to be in his company. We will miss his wonderful stories, sharing his knowledge and history about anything and everything, his ability to "fix anything," and, of course, his passion "cars" (most notably, Mercedes and other handsome cars). Dad, we love you more than words can say and will forever miss your wisdom, your clever wit and your loving and supportive presence. No more poking and prodding, please. "Don't baby your baby."
Steve is survived by brothers Bryant and Philip; children Pamela (Brad) Allred, Melanie (Greg) Offermann, Michael Gray, Deborah (Ralph) Hut, Stephanie Zimmerman, Carolyn (Craig) Zimmerman-Dean and Jason Zimmerman; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren (one born, he would so have loved to meet, three days after his passing).
On behalf of our father, our family wishes to express our sincere thanks to all the medical professionals and their staff who each provided their kind care to our father, with a special thank you to Dr. Habib and his staff and the team at Intermountain Utah Dialysis Center, who he thought of as his second family. At Steve's request, an intimate family service will be held.