ZENNER Grave Stones

Zenner, Daren Tomas: May 30 1971 – May 13 2020

Daren Tomas Zenner
   It is with profound sadness that the family of Daren Zenner announces his sudden passing on May 13, 2020. He will be fondly remembered by his daughters Francesca, Amanda, Christy, Danielle; his mother Wanda Zenner; brothers Craig Zenner, Barry Zenner; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friend Nancy Stokke.
   Daren completed kindergarten through Grade 9 at the Bezanson Consolidated School before going on to attend High School in Sexsmith. Daren was very athletic and participated in a variety of sports; however boxing proved to be his sport of choice. In 1988, Daren won a gold medal in boxing at the Alberta Winter Games that were held in Red Deer, following which, he moved to Edmonton where he trained at the Panther Gym alongside Ken Lakusta who was the Canadian Champion at that time. The next move was to Dallas Texas where he was trained and coached by Curtjs Cokes who had been a welterweight champion. Shortly thereafter in, 1991, he made the move to New York where he would live, train and fight for many years. In October 1994, Daren became the USBA Regional Super Middleweight Champion followed by the Westchester USBA and the NY State Super Middleweight Champion In October 1995.
   Daren fought many battles over the years and amassed a record of 33 fights; won 27, of which 19 were knockouts including Adam Garland and Norman Bell. The biggest event of Daren's boxing career was a bout for the World Title in the Light Heavyweight Division against the undefeated and undisputed world champion, Dariusz Michalczewski in Hamburg, Germany in December 1997. However the bout was stopped at the end of the 6th round by the doctor due to cuts.
   Daren retired from boxing in 2000, purchased a home in Long Island and embarked upon a new career as a mortgage broker and real-estate agent private investor where he bought and flipped residential and commercial properties. He married and raised a family of four daughters: Francesca, Amanda, Christy and Danielle. Daren eventually moved to Florida where he semi-retired. He still worked with in the real-estate industry and still has a large following of New York boxing fans. Daren decided to return home to Canada in 2018.
   Daren's boxing picture is hung on the 'Wall of Fame'' at the New York State Athletic Commission Building, where all the champions are honored. He was ranked 7th in the World at one point in his career. Daren had trained and had been in the company of some of the greatest talents in the boxing industry - Sugar Ray Leonard, Buster Douglas, Mike Tyson, Roger Mayweather, Arturo Gatti and Evander Holyfield to name a few.
   A private family service will take place on Friday May 22, 2020. Those of you who would like to donate, can do so in Daren’s honour to the Glen Leslie Cemetery Box 72 Bezanson AB, T0H 0G0.
   Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com
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