Leon Kent ZimmermanLeon Kent Zimmerman, 64, left what he considered the most peaceful place on earth for the most peaceful place of all, on June 25, 2013.
Kent was born on May 28, 1949 in Wolf Point, Montana to Lester and Karien (Welsch) Zimmerman. A natural story and joke teller, he loved to reminisce about his childhood in a town where everyone knew his name. His family moved from Wolf Point and ultimately landed in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1962 where his parents owned the Coast to Coast store. Kent was the president of the last class to graduate from the Moorhead State Campus School where he had the highest academic success, music honors and was All Conference in football and basketball. He attended Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota where he made the Concert Choir as a freshman but elected to play football instead. Upon graduation in 1971, he accepted a position with the college as an Admissions Counselor, where again he had great success recruiting students from southern Minnesota. He also was the admissions counselor for the Concert Choir and joined them on their tours, either driving ahead in his Firebird or riding on the bus where he played countless games of hearts (with the students usually ganging up on him). In 1979, he joined good friend, Bill Sorensen, at BISI where he worked until 1988. He then had a successful career in mortgage banking, retiring from Wells Fargo in 2005. In retirement he boasted he was CEO of JZ Enterprises, explaining that he took care of everything for the love of his life, Jean.