Toni Turner, 50-year-old Parker resident, died on Aug. 22 riding a motorcycle in honor of her daughter. Turner, a passionate supporter of The …
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Toni Turner, 50-year-old Parker resident, died on Aug. 22 riding
a motorcycle in honor of her daughter.
Turner, a passionate supporter of The Butterfly Program at
Children’s Hospital, emotionally honored the organization because
of strong ties to her heart and soul.
Because of The Butterfly Program, Turner and her family were
able to embrace the last living moments with eight-year-old
Kaitlyn, her daughter, at their home in 2005.
Kaitlyn and her twin brother were born on Aug. 19, 1996, and
from birth, Katilyn had problems gaining weight, struggled with a
feeding tube and had several operations. At the age of two, she
started having grand mal seizures. Apparently, Kaitlyn was never
able to walk, talk or feed herself, however her brother, Cody,
developed and continued to grow normally.
On June 9, 2005, ‘Katie’ passed away peacefully in her sleep, in
her own bed, with her loved ones around her.
For over four years, Turner dedicated her energy into organizing
fundraising events to donate all of the proceeds to go back to the
Butterfly Program, allowing palliative end of life care to
A former business partner of Turner’s and her husband Doug, Mike
McFarlin, said he brought Doug home from the hospital on Aug. 24.
Doug was driving the motorcycle, and was “sedated at his home.”
According to McFarlin, Doug is healing from broken ribs, his collar
bone, broken toes, and cuts and bruises.
“We were doing a fundraiser event for children, Saturday, from
here to down south, a motorcycle ride, when the accident happened,”
The motorcycle ride started in Parker at the Turner’s business
establishment, The Celtic House Pub, and ended near the Perry Park
Subdivision in Larkspur. According to Cocha Heyden, public
information officer from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office,
neither Toni, nor Doug were wearing helmets.
McFarlin said funeral arrangements are pending, but he knows the
Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services in Parker will be part of
“The local fire departments have been very supportive,” McFarlin
said. He said friends and family have been flown in to help with
Cody, now 13, and his brother, Casey, 18.
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