Our beloved husband, father, grandpa, uncle, brother and friend, Rex Leroy Zimmerman, peacefully left this earthly life on Monday, February 6, 2023 at his home in Gilbert, Arizona.
Rex was the oldest son of Henry Leroy Zimmerman and Dena Mary Otis. He was born February 16, 1941 in San Jose, California. He was a fun loving and kind hearted child who loved music, sports, nature and people from an early age. His love of sports and music led him to San Jose State University where he would meet his eternal companion, Charlene Ann Dilley. They were married on June 14, 1963 in the Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Life Science and taught high school biology, coached football and baseball. When they moved to Arizona in 1969, he became a financial planner and tax consultant. He was a wonderful husband to his wife of 59 years. He was the best father to his six children, an amazing father-in-law, grandpa and great grandpa. He literally loved everybody. He had the unique ability to make everyone feel like they were the most important person. As soon as Rex met you, he loved you. His big heart and loving ways brought joy to so many throughout his 81 years. He fulfilled his church responsibilities one hundred percent, and if you were lucky enough to be home taught by him, you learned what it truly meant to be a minister. He is survived by his wife Charlene, and his six children, Lisa (Mitchell) Wilson, Brian (Jennifer) Zimmerman, Amy (Shawn) Peterson, Julie (Steve) Shepherd, David (Shelly) Zimmerman, and Eric (Michelle) Zimmerman. He has 36 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, with 3 more on the way. Rex is also survived by his brothers Ron (Linda) Zimmerman and Don (Susan) Zimmerman, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Leroy and Dena Zimmerman, and great-grandson Logan Barry. “On To The Celestial Kingdom Together!” We love you Dad! Services will be Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the Higley Stake Center, 1865 S. Higley Road, Gilbert, AZ 85295 at 11:00am. There will be a visitation starting at 9:00am. He will be laid to rest at Gilbert Memorial Gardens. There is also a YouTube link to view the services. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2N257T1Y5AuOWVYYs5GJyQ