FSU senior nutrition major Katlyne Dalton Shepard, died at the age of 23, on July 9, 2016. The cause of death was not disclosed.
According to her mother, Carol Dalton Gay, Dalton Shepard dreamed of becoming a sports nutritionist and personal trainer.
Dalton Gay said Dalton Shepard helped a close friend improve her health by designing a special diet and exercise plan just for her.
Dalton Gay remembers her daughter as a “bright and talented girl” who liked to paint and swim.
Dalton Gay said Dalton Shepard had an eclectic taste in music, ranging from Doris Day to Dean Martin, to country music.
Desiree LeFebvre, one of Dalton Shepard’s best friends, said, “Katlyne’s vivacious personality was unparalleled and her smile was infectious. … Katlyne had a profound impact on all who knew her and will be sincerely missed.”
Food and nutrition professor Susan Massad had Dalton Shepard in four classes. Massad said, “She had strong opinions and a passion for what she was learning.”
According to her stepfather, Mark Gay, Dalton Shepard and her family enjoyed many summers at Race Point beach in Provincetown.
While attending Middleboro High School, Dalton Shepard played volleyball, swam and “threw one heck of a javelin in track and field,” her parents said.
Dalton Shepard will be missed by her parents, family and friends.
She is survived by her parents, Carol Dalton Gay and Mark Gay, her siblings Mickayla, Tucker and Jessica, and aunts, cousins and grandparents.