by Marge Biggers
Past President of the Rotary Club of Redmond, Dr. Waldon Zimmerman passed away December 2, 2020 at his home with his wife, Carol and their family at his side. Wally was one of those Rotarians that set a high bar to emulate and was very distinguished in his service activities, both in and out of Rotary. Wally was a two time president of the Redmond club beginning with his first term in 1982-1983. Wally was also one of four past presidents to step up to the plate in 1987-1988 when the president elect left the area. Each of four past presidents served a three month tour to complete the Rotary year. Wally was also a Paul Harris Fellow.
Outside of Rotary, Wally was named Redmond Citizen of the Year in 1991 and served many years on the Deschutes County Fair Board, including directing the fair parade for many years. Dr. Zimmerman was named Oregon Dentist of the Year in 1989 and his dental career spanned 50 years. He formed a volunteer dental program with the Redmond School District to educate students in preventative dental care. After his retirement from his primary dental practice, Wally continued to serve others. He had great compassion for Native Americans and provided dental care for several tribes in Oregon and the desert southwest including the Four Corners region, notably the Hopi, Navajo, Apache, Umatilla, and the three tribes of Warm Springs. Although Wally was not a member of the Rotary Club of Redmond at the time of his passing, he continued to live the Rotary motto, Service Above Self, and lived by The Four Way Test
Of note Wally’s former wife, Shari, who passed away several years ago was among the first, if not the first, female Rotary President in District 5110 when she served as president of the Rotary Club of Redmond in 1989-90. With Wally’s support they helped to charter the Rotary Club of Sisters in 1989.
Contributions honoring Wally may be made to: Redmond Rotary Charitable Corporation, which is a 501c3. Those contributions will be used for scholarships to high school seniors.