- Douglas "Doug" Sterling
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Memories of Douglas "Doug" Sterling
Douglas Sterling 8/3/1936 ~ 3/2/2010 Doug spent his early years in Denver, Colorado where he contracted polio in the 1946 epidemic which affected many in the Denver area. His polio left him crippled and ultimately confined to a wheelchair. Until he became completely unable to walk, he was able to enjoy golfing, sailing and leading a normal life.The family moved to Salt Lake City in 1951 where Doug graduated from Granite High School in 1954. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1959 with a degree in economics and went on to pursue a career with W. T. Grant. He had many management positions throughout the U.S. After many years in California, he moved back to Salt Lake to be closer to family. Until his death, he spent many years working as a volunteer on the Board of the Salt Lake Housing Authority and the Disability Access Board of the Salt Lake City Mayor's office. His work for fair housing, especially for the disabled, was his passion. Doug is survived by his brother Donald (Jarilyn) of Bountiful, sister Sue (Ed) Sparling of Fort Collins, Colorado, aunt Alice Greer of Boulder, Colorado, six nieces and nephews and spouses and 11 great nieces and nephews. Uncle Doug, 'the curmudgeon,' will be deeply missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and May Sterling and his nephew, Matthew Anderson. He requested no service. Donations in his name can be made to the charity of your choice. Doug generously donated his remains to the University of Utah medical school for study of the long-term effects of polio
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