“Although it has been said she passed due to the pandemic, that remains unknown,” said MacFarlane’s sister, Trayce Cerwick. “She passed so quickly that at this time we are still looking for answers ourselves.”
Added Cerwick: “But, even if corona is not the cause, I believe it did play a role in her death. The isolation itself allowed her illness to go undetected, and by the time she was in the ICU it was too late, her organs were completely shut down.”
“It is with a heavy heart sharing that a beloved graduate of MBHS, Katie MacFarlane, has died,” posted Mission Bay Music on its Facebook page. “She was an amazing actor, vocalist and dancer, performing multiple times at the San Diego Thanksgiving Jazz Festival, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and school drama productions,” “She was a bright light who always had a smile on her face. She cared deeply for her friends and family. Our community is at a loss without her in it. She is missed by us all.”
During her time at MBHS, MacFarlane performed with the Jazz Band and Drama Department.
Noted John-Paul Balmat, MBHS music director, “We were good friends at MBHS. She graduated 2001 and I graduated 2002. We performed together in the Jazz Band and Swing Choir under the direction of Rey Vinole and Everett Crouse.”
MacFarlane graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in hospitality and business management.
Her older brother, Andy Walraven, said Katie was the kind of person “who could light up a room. She was a performer, singing at an early age, and sang with the jazz ensemble at MBHS.
“She was a bundle of energy,” added Walraven, which he said adds to the mystery of “why she went literally within 24 hours. The doctor had no explanation for her rapid decline. She took a COVID-19 test but it proved inconclusive.”
Walraven said he regrets that the virus “will not allow a family get-together during a tragedy like this. It’s a terrible feeling. My heart goes out, not only to the people who’ve passed from COVID-19, but to everyone else who has died naturally, and their families have to go through this as well.”
Survivors include Katie's mother, Jeanne MacFarlane of San Diego; a brother, Andy Walraven of Los Angeles; sister Trayce Walraven Cerwick of San Antonio, Texas; and a nephew, Justin Cerwick of San Antonio.
Katie was predeceased by her father, Dr. Robert D. MadFarlane, whom she loved and was known in San Diego for his work in addiction medicine.