Stottler King Starr
December 29, 1939 – May 1, 2019
Stottler King Starr lived an extraordinary life, all by the power and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. He would be the first one to give God the glory for everything that the Lord did through his life, and would be embarrassed by the attention given him now.
Stottler was born December 29, 1939 as the only child of Elsa and Stottler Starr of Kansas City, MO. After graduating from high school in Kansas City, he attended Junior College there. It was during this time when the Lord called him to trust in Jesus Christ as his Savior. But Stottler said that for about ten years after that, he was part of God’s family but never really spent time at home.
After completing an engineering degree at Purdue, Stottler worked for a year with the Poverty Program in Ohio, where he said that he won his own “war on poverty.” The money he made there allowed him to take off for a year and travel around the world. He always said that God used this travel experience to prepare him for what he was to do with Campus Crusade in the future.
Upon returning to the U.S., Stottler got a job with Boeing working on the Minute Man Missile program in Seattle. Then after two years, he returned to school to complete a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Tech, then an MBA from Harvard. He was immediately hired by the Chicago consulting firm of McKinsey and Co., where he remained for 4 years.
During those years in Chicago, however, God began to grip Stottler’s heart and open his eyes to see that the real meaning and purpose in life was found in simply pleasing God—as Stottler said, “To think that God in heaven was happy with what I did.” The major turning point in Stottler’s life was the night he got down on his knees and told God that He could do anything with his life—make him rich or poor, sick or well, dead or alive. Stottler always said it was as if he’d made a non-negotiable contract with God which he could never go back on.
To everyone’s amazement, Stottler left the prestigious consulting firm and joined Campus Crusade for Christ. There, he served under Bill Bright at Arrowhead Springs in San Bernardino, CA as Director of Planning for 20 years. The year of world travel he’d done had prepared him for the job of now travelling the globe once again, working with various Crusade country directors on their budgets and plans.
But Stottler’s main passion was to tell others how they could know Jesus. This he did through organizing inner-city youth sports programs, talking to men in bars, speaking with people on street corners, sharing on a local college, and talking to people wherever he felt the Lord leading him. It was also early in his years with Campus Crusade that God gave Stottler a vision to find 3 Mongolian shepherds, a vision and goal that stayed with him to his final breath.
In 1993, through a divinely guided “chance” meeting, Stottler and Judy met during a Campus Crusade summer staff training. They were happily wed 6 months later at Arrowhead Springs, where everyone cheered when the groom came down the aisle. Stottler moved to Dana Point where Judy was, and joined her in working with the Jesus Film Project, where for 12 years he oversaw the distribution of the Jesus film throughout Central and South America.
When the Jesus Film Project moved to Orlando, God clearly directed Stottler and Judy to remain in CA where Stottler took on special projects for Steve Douglass, President of Campus Crusade. Stottler’s current project, for which he was most passionate, was to get the gospel to every child in the U.S. through their grandparents. He also never forgot his 3 Mongolian shepherds, believing to the end that God was going to use him to reach these last three men. And since “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” as it says in Roman 11:29, and God’s Word cannot lie, we know that somehow God is fulfilling that call, though we cannot see it right now.
Everyone who knew Stottler would say that the hallmark of his life was faith. He listened to God, he believed God, and he walked in faith. We know that now our precious Stottler has run his race fully, and has been welcomed home as a good and faithful servant by the Lord he loved.
Judy wishes to express her eternal gratitude to God for the amazing privilege of having been chosen to be the wife of this unique and godly man, and she eagerly looks forward to being reunited with him for all eternity in the presence of their wonderful Lord and Savior.