Don Zoutte

In this undated file photo, Veterans Affairs Commissioner, Don Zoutte, gives Republican U.S. Congress candidate Christopher Peters a little history on a building at the old VA Hospital campus in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE — Former Knoxville Mayor Don Zoutte died this week at 68-years-old.

Zoutte served the position from 2010 through 2013. He attended Knoxville High School and went on to study Criminal Justice at Indian Hills Community College.

In a Facebook post published by the City of Knoxville on Wednesday, Mayor Brian Hatch shared his condolences for Zoutte’s friends and family.

“His consistent commitment and service to our community throughout the years has helped shape Knoxville into the wonderful community it is today,” Hatch said. “Thank you Don for the everlasting impact you leave behind on the City of Knoxville. We ask that you please keep Don and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

Outside of his duties as mayor, Zoutte worked as a commissioner for the Marion County Veterans Affairs Commission. His funeral will be held on Saturday, May 8 at 11 a.m. at the Freedom Rock at 502 North Lincoln Street in Knoxville. 

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