Apr 032013

After a very interesting 70 years of sharing his kindness with all of us, John “Zimo” Zimmerman decided on Monday, March 25, 2013, to go make others smile on the other side. A celebration of his life was held March 30 at his home in Winslow.
Johnny “Zimo” Zimmerman was born on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1942, in Los Angeles, Calif. We are going to miss you Johnny, it has been a great ride.
Johnny became John, and then John became “Zimo,” so you will hear all of these names as his journey is described.
Johnny grew up in Winslow off of West Third Street. After elementary school, he went to Brown Military Academy in Glendora, Calif. He drove his mother crazy because she had to keep buying him new uniforms. What she didn’t know was that he was pawning them to raise money to have “fun” with. From there John returned to Winslow for a bit, but was soon on his way to Palmer, Alaska, to attend high school while living with his Aunt Dolores. He loved exploring the area and even had a run in with a moose. John missed his friends back in Winslow, so back he went.
His love of cars began to blossom at this point and the “quarter mile” east of town was frequented often by Gabe, John, Larry and Darrel Baker, Johnny Bradford and many others.
Next, Zimo was off to California. He was employed in the trucking industry working for Mattel, as well serving as an EMT for Schaffer Ambulance. He carried these skills to Las Vegas, where he drove an ambulance.
Missing Cally, he moved to Bakersfield, where he made a small fortune in the hot dog vending and shave ice industry. He loved his hot dog cart and this was one of the best times of his life. After a brief stop in Kingman, Zimo returned to Winslow to take care of Mom.
Johnny hated dialysis, but he loved women, the ‘50s, hot rods, women, penny loafers, slicked back hair, Elvis, Coca-Cola, cigs and did I mention women (young).
He was most known for being one the kindest people you would ever meet. The phrase “give you the shirt off his back” was meant for him. He was always positive and always upbeat.
Survivors include three sons, Rusty Efaw of Phoenix, Robert Efaw of La Verkin, Utah, and Johnny Zimmerman of Big Bear, Calif.; two loving ex-wives, Lura Efaw of La Verkin and Linda Zimmerman of Big Bear, yup, to this day, still loving Zimo; and his brother, Jerry Wright of Las Vegas. A special nod goes to Larry Baker of Winslow and Brent of La Verkin.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Nora Wright; and Donna Poisall, a friend.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.