Born in San Diego, McFarlan joined the Sheriff’s Department in January 2008. He worked out of the San Marcos station, then transferred to the Valley Center substation in December 2009, according to the association’s website.
Before becoming a deputy, the “widely popular” McFarlan spent about 20 years working for a tire company, said Matt Clay, the association’s president.
“He had always wanted to be a cop. He took a big pay cut to come to the Sheriff’s Department — and told his wife he should have done it many years before,” Clay said.
Clay said the death, which may have been heart-related, was a shock given that the active McFarlan was “a physical fitness man’s man.”
Valley Center colleague Sgt. Pat Shannon said McFarlan was “an outstanding cop, and he will be missed by his co-workers and the community.”
McFarlan was married with four children — triplet 15-year-old sons and a 7-year-old daughter.
“He constantly talked about his wife and kids. They were everything,” Clay said, adding that McFarlan had been involved with his children’s youth sports teams.
The association has created the Michael McFarlan Memorial Fund.
Donations can be made at any San Diego County Credit Union to account number 4946758. Checks payable to the fund can be sent to the association at 13881 Danielson St., Poway, CA 92064.
Memorial services are set for 11 a.m. Friday at Sunridge Community Church, 42299 Winchester Road, Temecula.
Agency: San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Tour: 5 Years
Cause: Natural causes
EOW: Tuesday, September 24, 2013