In early 2016, Stephen Stirling, father of LDS star Lindsey Stirling, was diagnosed with throat cancer. Yesterday, his daughter announced his death on social media after a courageous fight.
“My dad passed away early this morning,” Lindsey wrote. “There is nothing to say that could express my gratitude for this amazing, selfless man. But I love you daddy. I’m the woman I am today because of you.”
Her father, an author and Church educator, detailed his cancer journey on his website. In May 2016, he wrote:
“Answers to my petitions in personal prayer and priesthood blessing have reaffirmed the realities of my situation as my ordeal progresses. I have been counseled to follow the instructions of my doctors, submit to their treatment, to endure to the end of this medical process, and to be patient under the length of that care. That does not sound to me like a miraculous and instantaneous flash of televangelical healing power – though Heavenly Father still manifests his power with such healing command. No, my miracle may be even more dramatic, in teaching me to be more humble, more patient in affliction, and more long-suffering in endurance.”
In his final post in June, he said “The war goes on. The pain in my throat persists.” Yet, he added, “Life has been good to me – which is by no means a line of farewell, but rather an invitation for us all to smile, take a deep breath, and join in the adventure together – because in all the best ways, life just continues to get better. That is our promise of the future. May the Lord bless us all with that vision.”
While that was the last post he would write on his website, Stephen left one final message just a day before his passing. In it, he referenced two of his literary works, Garden of the Gods and Persona Non Grata.
Stephen J. Stirling