Lake Havasu City pioneer and former Mohave County Supervisor Jim Sterling died on Aug. 17 at the age of 92. Our Sterling Field RC Complex is named after him. As published last month in the News-Herald, “Jim Sterling spent 55 years in Lake Havasu City quietly contributing his time, talent, and resources to improve the city. He didn’t call attention to himself or need a round of applause. Helping others was its own reward.”
Jim was in Lake Havasu from its beginning. An electrician, he came to Lake Havasu in 1964 to wire 10 homes for electricity in the city’s first neighborhood. Jim Sterling also designed the electrical wiring for the London Bridge from scratch—there were no plans—and performed most of the work himself.
Sterling piloted his own airplane, a 250 Comanche low-wing. He volunteered to fly sick and injured citizens to hospitals in surrounding cities because Havasu did not have a hospital until 1973. Dr. Donald Nelson explained “the road to Parker wasn’t even done. There was no medevac. Jim would use his own plane to fly people at his own expense.”
Jim’s public service touched many layers of the community. He served as president of the National Association of Counties in Washington, DC, and was elected to Mohave County District 1 Supervisor in 1976. He also served as a Lake Havasu school board member, and on the Mohave Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments. He was a co-founder of the London Bridge Rotary Club.
Jim and his wife Margy were married in 1960. Jim leaves his wife, three children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
(facts taken from various reports in the News-Herald)