One of Tooele County's best known citizens, Sterling Richard Harris, passed away in the Tooele Valley Nursing Home on Saturday, Sept. 12, 1992, of causes incident to age. He was 93 years old.
He was born July 24, 1899, in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of Dennison Emir and Eunice Polly Stewart Harris. When he was five years old, the family moved to Cardston, Alberta, Canada, and later to Provo, Utah where Sterling graduated from BYU High School and later attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he was an all-conference football player, a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and was later honored by the college as an outstanding alumnus for his achievements.He taught classes and coached at North Cache High School, and later at Tooele High School for eleven years, during which time his teams won four state championships.
He left coaching to become personnel director at the Tooele Smelter and Refining Company, following which he served as superintendent of the Tooele County School District for 25 years, retiring at age 65.
His work with youth brought him honor in having an elementary school in Tooele named the Sterling R. Harris Elementary School. His work with youth brought him recognition and respect.
He served as bishop and high councilman for many years in the Tooele First Ward Church.
Utah State University recognized him as an outstanding alumnus and awarded him an Alumni Merit Citation in 1977. In March 1992, he was honored by the Utah State Legislature for his role in uniting the "Old Town" and "New Town" sections of Tooele together.
As a young man he served in the United States Army during World War I, and served an LDS Mission in the Chicago area.
He married Viola Green September 21, 1921, in the Logan LDS Temple; she died in 1951. On October 1, 1953 he married Neva Saville, who survives him, as do two sons, Richard Green
Harris and wife, Virginia, Wayne, Pennsylvania; and John Sterling Harris and wife, Sue, Springville; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m., at the Tooele South State Center, 910 So. 750 West, with a viewing Wednesday at Tate Mortuary, 110 South Main Street, Tooele, from 6-8 p.m. Viewing Thursday, at the stake center from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Interment, Tooele City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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