Jim McFarland, 56, passed away at his home in Valley Center, on December 31.
Mr. McFarland fought a difficult, three-year battle with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and inspired everyone with his faith, hope, and strength along the way.
He is not defined by how he died, but rather, how he lived. He was an exemplary athlete, and regularly competed in marathons and triathlons. He was a successful business owner and entrepreneur, running MechTech Motorsports in Escondido for over 25 years.
Mr. McFarland enjoyed life to the fullest, whether he was at the desert in his dune buggy or water-skiing at the river. He loved his family more than anything – he is survived by his wife (Jeanne), his three daughters (Natalie, Hilary, and Jordan), and his son (Jon).
A celebration of life was held on Saturday, January 14 at the Maxine Theater . In lieu of flowers or gifts, the McFarland family asks that attendees donate to ALS research at www.als.net/ if financially able. Prayers of peace and healing for their family would also be appreciated at this time.