Christopher Earl Zimmerman

September 28, 1949 ~ September 24, 2022 (age 72)


Christopher Earl Zimmerman
Chris passed away last week at his cabin on the Richardson Clearwater.  A memorial service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church (1798 Iniakuk Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709) on Thursday,October 6th, at 4pm.  A reception will follow the service at the church.

Chris was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1949 to Elaine and John Zimmerman and grew up near Stoystown in rural western Pennsylvania .  He graduated from Forbes Highschool (now North Star) in 1967 before attending Temple University and graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA with a BA in Political Science in 1971.  While attending Dickinson, Chris met Deborah Jane Hamby and the two married May 16, 1971.  Chris received his Juris Doctorate from Dickinson School of Law in 1974 before entering the US Army JAG Corps.  He and Jane came to Fort Wainwright with the Army in 1975.
 Once living in Fairbanks, Chris quickly decided he had found his permanent home.  In 1978 Chris left the military and entered into private legal practice until 1985 when he was appointed District Court Judge in Fairbanks.  In 1984 Jane and Chris welcomed their only child, Ruth, into their family.   When Ruth was young Chris enjoyed riding bikes and fishing in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter as well as spending time as a family at their cabin at Harding Lake.  Chris returned to private practice in 1990 and continued working as a lawyer at his firm Zimmerman and Wallace up until his death.
 During his 47 years in Fairbanks, Chris was closely involved with the Alaska State Bar Association, the Fairbanks Concert Association, Fairbanks Lutheran and Christ Lutheran Churches.  He loved music, art, and enjoyed musical theater, opera, and supported many local arts organizations including FDA, FLOT, and the Fairbanks Symphony.  Chris enjoyed Wagner Operas and even named his dogs after Wagnerian characters.  Chris was also a voracious reader he liked poetry and literature and had read almost every Stephen King book.  He was also a fan of college sports with Nanook Hockey and Penn State football being his favorite teams. 
Once he acquired his cabin on the Richardson Clearwater he spent most of his summers there and a month every moose season.  He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, and birdwatching.  Chris is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane; his daughter, Ruth and son-in-law Daniel Boaz; as well as his medium sized dog Gunther.   He was preceded in death by his parents, John P. And B. Elaine (Smith) Zimmerman and his older brother Jerry Zimmerman. 
Memorial Donations may be made to the Fairbanks 
Community Food Bank (725 26th Avenue Fairbanks,
Alaska 99701-2377).  
Services provided by Blanchard Family Funeral Home. 

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Memorial Service
October 6, 2022

4:00 PM
Christ Lutheran Church
1798 Iniakuk Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99706

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