Sterling was born in Tooele, Utah, to Alma (Bish) White and Ida Adamson White. He was the fifth of six children. His early years were spent growing up in Tooele where his father was the Tooele County Sheriff. His teen years were spent in Park City, Utah, and Nevada. He graduated from Montello High School where he met his wife, Clara Renee White. They had three children together, later divorced.
His love for horses occupied his adult life. He trained and managed horses for some very famous Arabian ranch owners. He acquired many ribbons, trophies and several national horse awards. Because of health issues, he returned to Tooele in 2008. He spent a lot of time with his brother Bud walking their dogs on the Anaconda roadway. He also enjoyed riding with his cousin Gene around Tooele County with the Senior Patrol. A few years ago, he moved to St. George, Hurricane area to be closer to his son and daughter. His son recently moved him to Logan, where he passed away.
Sterling was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings Marion Floyd, Ellis Martin (Bud), Alma Jean, Ida Delvona, and William Keith. He is survived by four children Mickey (Kathy), Sherry, Vicki (Rand) from is first marriage; and Serenaty with a later partner; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. For a complete history see www.whitepinefunerals.com.