David M. Finnegan, 46, of Idaho Falls, Idaho passed away suddenly on December 9, 2011, while rescuing his dogs from a river. He leaves his wife, Cheryl (Leslie) Finnegan of Idaho Falls; parents Tom and Carol Finnegan of Worcester, brother Robert and his wife Laurie of Dudley; brother Michael and his wife Renee of Rutland; sister Stephanie of West Brookfield; 8 nieces/nephews and one great-niece. David was born and raised in Worcester and graduated from St. John’s High School. He received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel of South Carolina while on a naval ROTC scholarship. He received his graduate degree from WPI in the field of fire protection engineering. David proudly served his country as a naval officer during the first Gulf War. During his career as an engineer, David worked at numerous facilities including The Naval Research Laboratory, Grinnell/Tyco, FM Approvals and most recently at the Idaho National Laboratory supporting nuclear research. David enjoyed exploring the outdoors, traveling, music and playing with his dogs. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. on January 7th at St. Patrick’s Church in Whitinsville, MA. A second service will be held in January in Idaho Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office”” noting “”Donation for Search and Rescue in memory of David Finnegan”. Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, 605 N. Capital, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Attn: Wendy. Tags: 1987

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