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In Memory of

Donald R. Sterling

September 9, 1936 - September 3, 2017

Obituary


Attorney, philanthropist, musician, athlete, artist, husband, father, grandfather, and a remarkable self-made man passed away on September 3, 2017.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Toni, his daughter, Debbie Benton and husband Walter, his son, John and wife Jane, grandchildren, Ashley, Carter, and Janelle, and his brother, David and wife Mary.

His mother died when he was six years old, and his caring father was a factory worker of modest means. Don took all the many jobs no one wanted to work his way through Northwestern University Law School,...

Attorney, philanthropist, musician, athlete, artist, husband, father, grandfather, and a remarkable self-made man passed away on September 3, 2017.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Toni, his daughter, Debbie Benton and husband Walter, his son, John and wife Jane, grandchildren, Ashley, Carter, and Janelle, and his brother, David and wife Mary.

His mother died when he was six years old, and his caring father was a factory worker of modest means. Don took all the many jobs no one wanted to work his way through Northwestern University Law School, and was a member of the Illinois, Texas and Dallas Bar Associations.

The Burlington RR and Texas Instruments Corp. were past employers. Later he became Executive VP, Corporate Counsel, and Secretary for Iomega Corporation. These positions often took him to Asia and Europe representing Texas Instruments and Iomega.

Don touched countless lives by his unselfish service to others and his ability to take the time to help anyone in need. He was an example of caring and generosity. A man who preferred to give anonymously, Don also served on the boards of several charitable organizations. He was a lover of music, art, travel, history, and a voracious reader with thousands of books in his library.

As the anchor of his family, he taught them the importance of standing together. Don was the greatest example of unconditional love and forgiveness. His home was constantly filled with friends, love, laughter, and joy. With his loving wife and children at his side, his success in life was built upon hard work, courage, kindness, and dedication to his profession, his family, and his faith.

We honor and celebrate a good life full of passion during which he loved and was loved. His undying spirit will continue to live in his children and grandchildren.
A cremation service is under the direction of Calvary Hill Funeral Home.

A celebration of Don's life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Don and Toni Sterling Foundation at Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, P.O. Box 770001, Cincinnati, Ohio 45277-0053, (800) 952-4438; add giving account #133871.