That curiosity was on display just last week, when Zimmerman burst into Karamargin’s office to say he wanted to know more about the Byzantine Empire. “That phrase, ‘I need to know more?’ That was Gabe,” Karamargin said.
Zimmerman’s enthusiasm for life was evident in all areas, Karamargin said. He recalled one recent trip to the gym, where the two did the stair-climber machine side-by-side. “Gabe was drenched, he was just soaked, because ... he threw his all into everything,” he said.
Zimmerman’s friendly nature was evident since he was a teenager. Sommer Mathis went to high school with Zimmerman in Tucson, remembering him as outgoing and popular.
Mathis, news editor at the D.C.-area website TBD.com, last saw Zimmerman a few years ago at a class reunion. After hearing the news of his death Saturday, she looked through photos of him from the reunion, noticing he “seemed really happy.”
“He was a really sweet, kind person, so I’m not surprised to hear he was put in charge of community outreach,” Mathis said. “It seemed like a perfect job for him.”