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Jordan Krisman Sterling

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Jordan Krisman Sterling died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix on January 28, 2009.
He was born in Phoenix on September 4, 1974 and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 22 months old. He attended Phoenix Country Day School and Ingleside Elementary School and graduated from Brophy College Preparatory School in 1993. Four years later, he earned a BS degree in Finance from Santa Clara University. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He returned to Arizona in 1998 and worked in the real-estate and mortgage industries, where he was well-known for his honesty.
In 2001, Jordan underwent a successful double-lung transplant at Stanford University Medical Center. With his new lungs, Jordan embraced life. He worked, dated, golfed, hunted, fished, and raised his beloved yellow Labs Annie and Maggie. He sat on the boards of the Lung Center at the Tucson Medical Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Phoenix. He raised money for the CF foundation. He mentored families with CF children and was happy to share his experience with those considering a lung transplant.
Jordan was cherished by a large family that honored his will to live. He enjoyed a beautiful circle of true friends. He focused on living for as long as possible in the best way possible. He fought mounting health battles throughout 2008 with hope, determination, courage and humor.
He is survived by his mother, Kim Sterling-Heflin; his father, Walter H. Sterling Jr.; his sister, Brooke Paine Sterling; his brother, Walter H. Sterling III, stepmother Terry Greene Sterling; stepfather William L. Heflin; stepsisters Kristina Greene McNeff Erich Hintze Sara Greene McCauley Hugh McCauley Heidi Heflin Matthews Rob Matthews; stepbrothers JD Heflin, Scott Heflin Johanna Heflin and 73 loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his very dear friends Laura Hart Burdick and Michael Melczer, as well as grandparents Dorothy and Walter H. Sterling, Mary Jane and Emil Michael Krisman; step-grandmother Sandy “Mo” Greene Lewis; step-grandfather Charles Whitehouse Heflin and great aunt and great uncle Doris and Jordan Paine.
Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 3800 North Central Avenue, Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85012 or to the Lung Transplant Program at St. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 500 West Thomas Road, Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85013.

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