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- Published on 16 October 2013
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Herb Zimmerman, Age 83, of Dallas, Texas, died on October 11, 2013. His parents, Bob and Gertrude Zimmerman, and his brother Hank, preceded him in death.
Herb graduated from high school in Mt. Vernon, TX 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, TX as assistant football coach, head basketball coach, and golf coach. He left Weatherford in 1955 for the head coaching job in Mt. Pleasant, TX. 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 80’s 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. Herb is survived by his wife, Dot, to whom he was married for 61 years. Also, his son Scott and his wife Stacey, daughter Debby, and son Tom and his wife Linda. He has eight grandchildren and one great grandson. Burial was in Mt. Vernon, TX. Cemetery on Tuesday, October 15th at 11:30 a.m. and a memorial service in his honor was held on Wednesday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Prestonwood Baptist Church Chapel on Park Blvd., Plano, TX. 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. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite local charity in Herb’s name.