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Zimmerman remembered as loving father who lived life to the fullest

Edward Zimmerman pictured with his daughter Elle.
courtesy photo

— Friends and family members remember Edward Zimmerman as a wonderful father who was passionate about the outdoors, especially snowboarding.

“He was a very caring person,” Zimmerman’s 15-year-old daughter Elle said. “He would just make an effort to live life to the fullest.”

Zimmerman’s remains were found this week after he was reported missing Feb. 28.

Lucas Johnson, 38, is being held at Routt County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. His wife, Kristen Johnson, 40, is being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The couple has three children and has ties to Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs residences.

Zimmerman was raised in southern Florida. He was still close to his ex-wife Devony Zimmerman, who takes care of Elle in Florida.

“I think my daughter is in shock,” Devony Zimmerman said. “It hasn’t hit her. It’s just going to be a process, and I just pray that she stays strong.”

Elle found out her father died on Thursday.

“I didn’t even think it was real,” she said. “It was not processing.

Devony Zimmerman said her ex-husband spent a lot of time with Elle even though they lived far apart. Elle would come and visit her father in Routt County, and he would travel to Florida.

“He loved his daughter,” Devony said. “Anything that my daughter needed, we knew that he would provide for her. He went above and beyond.”

Edward Zimmerman’s sister, Robin Mizerak, said her brother first moved to Steamboat when he was 19 years old and moved to a few other places before settling down in Steamboat.

“Snowboarding was his life,” Mizerak said.

Most recently, Zimmerman worked as a server at Three Peaks Grill in Steamboat. Owner Michael Fragola praised Zimmerman’s employment and his genuine friendliness toward co-workers.

“He was a valued employee, trusted employee and friend to all of us,” Fragola said.

Having lived in Routt County for so long, Zimmerman made a lot of friends. Steamboat resident Chris Ward said he knew Zimmerman for about 25 years and would go skiing with him.

“It’s heart wrenching,” Ward said. “The guy had a great outlook on life all the time. He was a happy cheerful person.”

Family members are hosting a service for Zimmerman in Florida Monday. They said another service will be held for Zimmerman in Steamboat in the coming weeks.

Steamboat friends have set up fundraising page on http://www.gofundme.com to help pay for Zimmerman’s funeral.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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