MIDLAND Jerry Dan Zant, age 58, passed through the veil to return home into the
loving embrace of Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and his daughter,
Amber, on Thursday, December 18, 2014. He and his wife, Heidi Zant, have spent
the past several months together at home, where he spent time fighting an
aggressive form of brain cancer before passing, peacefully surrounded by his two
boys and their spouses.
Jerry was born on May 12, 1956 in Odessa, Ector County, Texas to Josiah "Joe"
Clifton Zant and Juanita "Nita" Gholson Zant. As a native West Texan, and a
graduate of Permian High School, he spent his life giving back to the communities
that molded him into a man.
Jerry was blessed with many Christ-like attributes, particularly compassion and
love. While he has had opportunities to serve the masses in his professional
career and in service positions within his church callings, he thrived in reaching out
to the "one." He had a unique ability to connect on an individual and personal level
with so many, and he never abated an opportunity to serve. Jerry had the energy,
and oft times jovial personality, of a child-always seeking to help and uplift those
around him.
During his first year of college Jerry felt the influence of the Spirit guide him to the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to learn more about our Savior and His
gospel. The influence quickly changed his life for the better, and his desire to
serve as a full-time missionary for the church grew. He subsequently was called to
spread the gospel abroad in the Nagoya, Japan Mission, where he served as a
representative of Jesus Christ for two years. For the rest of his life, Jerry accepted
his role as a disciple of Christ and never declined an opportunity to share his
testimony, especially in Japanese.
Jerry also had a love of music, known by many. While he spent considerable time
throughout his life learning the piano, his true passion was to practice and
showcase his talents on the ukulele. He was no stranger to church youth and
primary sing-alongs, or the occasional Rosa's Cafe parking lot jam session. His
music and his concerts will be greatly missed.
Jerry had a passion for reading and learning. He was not only a student of the
gospel and the scriptures, but also a student of the law. After returning from his
two-year service in Japan, Jerry attended Brigham Young University in Provo,
Utah, and earned his Bachelors degree in Finance. Following his undergraduate
studies, Jerry came home to West Texas to attend Texas Tech University's School
of Law. Jerry has been a long-standing member of the State Bar of Texas, and a
proud shareholder of Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson, P.C. Just as he influenced
many with the gospel, he loved his time helping and serving West Texas as a
Board Certified Estate Planning and Probate attorney.
Jerry will truly be missed by all. He is preceded by his daughter, Amber, and father,
Joe, and survived by his wife, Heidi; mother, Nita Zant; brother and sisters, Clif
Zant, Cathy Hoggard, and Laura Zant; sons, Michael (wife, Megan) and David
(wife, Catherine); grandson, Layne; and many cousins, nieces, nephews,
co-workers and loved ones.
Jerry and his family have been truly blessed since his diagnosis with brain cancer
this past summer. The prayers and thoughts shared by many have never gone
unnoticed. We express our gratitude and thanks for the unmatched generosity and
kindness poured out on our family. We pray that the windows of heaven open and
pour out blessings on each of you for the service for which we could never show
enough gratitude or love.
A community visitation will be held at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home this
Sunday, December 21, from 6:00-8:00 PM. We invite all to come to the visitation
and to the funeral services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(4805 Gateway St Midland TX 79707) on Monday, December 22, at 1:00 PM. All
are invited to the dedication of Jerry's grave at Resthaven Memorial Park,
immediately following.
All are encouraged to make donations or memorial gifts in lieu of flowers, directed
to either the Amber Zant Bice Memorial Volleyball Scholarship at UTPB, 4901 E.
University Ave., Odessa, Texas 79762, or to Hospice of Midland.
Jerry Dan Zant
May 12 1956 - December 18 2014