We gratefully share the many heartfelt tributes to Katlyn that collectively capture her generous, kind, compassionate, outrageously silly, and powerfully bold spirit.

Excerpts from Katlyn’s Eulogy, December 12, 2014:

Katlyn was born just 30 minutes after her father’s birthday had ended, forever his special gift from above. The most beautiful and precious little bundle of love he had ever seen. Katlyn’s light shined brightly from the start. She was irresistible. When he would come home from work, she would scream “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy” and crash into him in the doorway, wrapping her arms around his legs and squeezing them with all her might. Read more...


Words can’t begin to describe how you and your family have helped me. It started years ago when Kate came into my life and helped me through so many times all because you raised her to be a kind loving young woman with more compassion and heart than could ever be expected from one person. As I told you on the phone I truly believe in my heart and soul that she is the reason I am able to do the things I do today here in Hawaii especially relating to my photography. Here is the story of how all that came to be...

You have forever changed my life. You were my light in the darkness shining bright. The world is truly not the same without you. You were my best friend, inspiration, confidant, and partner. You paddled into my life one day and have forever changed who I am. Through your love, prayers, and unwavering support you helped me through some of my life’s hardest battles. I thank God for every second I was blessed to spend with you.
— Jay

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God gained the most beautiful angel but I know it has to be a much more beautiful place. I know I am such a better person for knowing you. I was so lucky he put you in my life. Who would have thought that after 8 years we would end up meaning the world to each other. You had the brightest smile, most contagious personality and laugh, and you could make absolutely anyone fall in love with the incredible girl that you are and will always be. You put so much beauty, light, love, inspiration and joy into my life and I am so thankful for that. I have never been so lucky to have become best friends with someone quite like you, someone so full of life and someone who cared about others so much more than herself. No one will ever have my heart the way you always will. My life will never be the same without you but heartbroken as I am, I hope I live a life you are proud of. I feel you everywhere and I know god put you in my life for a reason, for the best reasons. I plan to make every single one of them count. I hope you are riding the biggest waves right now and I can’t wait to see that beautiful face again. Rest In peace my beautiful angel, Katlyn Alix. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and anyone who was lucky enough to know you and call you their friend, their daughter, or more. I love you always, now and forever.
— Jessica

You get to see your coworkers in certain lights that most others don’t. I’ll always be grateful for those windows into you and your life and what I learned from you. Along with all the ridiculous blunt filter-less (but totally polite) comments and endless laughs along the way.... You were a kind and beautiful person Katlyn. And an integral part of the amazing, close-knit beach community that we became a part of summer after summer; one that will never be the same without you. You’re missed more than you’ll ever know polite girl.
— Sarah

A year ago today my heart broke into a million pieces and I haven’t been able to pick them up and put it back together. It is like a puzzle that never ends trying to bend and shape the corners to make them fit. But I’ve realized that it will never be the same and the hardest part of losing someone is living for them. I remind myself everyday of the things you’ve taught me and I try to instill them into others in my life just as you did, touching the lives of everyone around you with your shining light. You are still and forever will be my love, my mentor, my inspiration, my friend, my everything. I love you Katlyn Alix and I miss you everyday, every hour, every minute and every second. Till we meet again riding those sweet waves in heaven K-butt.
— Paul

Katlyn, you taught me the true meaning of unconditional love. I don’t know how to ever thank you except to devote my life to being as gentle and compassionate as I can be with myself and with all whose paths I cross. I will love you every day for the rest of my life and beyond.
P.S. No one else on this planet could have made me let loose and make my first silly face. I am forever transformed by that moment.

what I see in you. for katlyn.
i see in you great tenacity. a fierce loyalty.
a rare and profound tenderness.
unyielding standards. deep compassion.
searching eyes... highlighted by
long lashes that look at you with wonder.
a darling yet daring personality...
casually flippant and sweet beyond measure.
my dear katlyn, i see in you so many things.
i know we have much to learn from you.
— Mary Jo and Haley

Your soul - Beautiful
Your smile - Infectious
Loved - Always
Forgotten - Never
Your light lives on inside me. It radiates through my soul, I carry it everywhere I go. I find peace knowing you will be with me wherever I go. As much as my heart hurts I know you are where you want to be. And all I ever want for you is pure happiness just as you’ve always wanted for me.
— Matt

A sweet soul taken from us way too soon. My heart hurts today thinking about the loss of such an amazing person and friend. Katlyn could put a smile on anyone’s face and could light up a room when she walked in. Words can’t express how much I am going to miss this sweet girl. I will always cherish the memories we’ve had. I only wish that we had time to make more. May you rest in peace and forever be in our hearts.
— Renee

‘I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.’
Give em absolute hell, Katlyn Alix. Your vibrant, contagious, humorous spirit lives on in all the lucky people you have touched. I will miss you forever.
— Liza

I bow my head tonight somberly not for what I or anyone that knew Katlyn has lost. Although that loss is so significant and painful, I feel more for those of you that never got to know her, for what the world will miss out on not having her a part of it, and for that void that will roam endlessly from corner to corner of the earth unable to be filled. Her shoes were so tiny yet will forever be too large to occupy. I hope your laugh echoes through the hearts of millions and stirs the awakening of a thousand smiles as you pass overhead; for this little lady was a paradigm of joy and endless deep belly laughs. You leave this world immortalized by the impact you have embossed on the hearts of so many, and I am honored to have been blessed by your friendship. I am so thankful. Rock for a rock.
— Tracee

You changed my life girl...thanks for the realest adventures, the best laughs and the most absurd blunt honesty. And obviously the guy, the man, the dude Ted Mosby. You are missed, Kate, more than you’ll ever know. May the waves always be clean and rolling and the dolphins always close beside you.
— Grace

Such a heavy heart, Can’t believe what I’m hearing. Katlyn Alix you were so full of life and spunk, I was never sad when I was around you. I pray that you rest in peace with the angels my beautiful friend. You’ll be greatly missed. Until we meet again.
— Tommie

the most beautiful person ever
— Kayman