David Leslie Finlayson

March 20, 1988November 7, 2013
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David Leslie Finlayson was born March 20, 1988 in Ventura, California and died while training with the Marines he loved on November 7, 2013. He was 25. From an early age, he was interested in the military. In high school, he joined the JROTC Drill Team at Kentwood, which placed first in the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Championships in 2005. David was awarded the Best Armed Drill Cadet in 2005. David became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting, and graduated from Kentridge High School in 2006.

Inspired by a desire to serve after 9/11, David pursued a career in criminal justice. His character was recognized and he was recommended to Kemper Development for private security work. David worked there for five years while earning his AA degree from Bellevue College.

On December 5, 2011, David fulfilled his dream by joining the Marine Corps. As Lance Corporal David Finlayson, he was highly regarded as an Assaultman in the First Battalion, Third Marine Regiment. He always hit his target. He will be remembered as someone who could take any difficult situation and turn it into a great story.

David is survived by his parents, John and Laurie Finlayson, brother Thomas Finlayson, sister-in-law Karissa, niece Katlin, grandmothers Jeanne Leslie and Clare Finlayson, and his long-time girlfriend of three years, Taryn Hauglie. He is predeceased in rest by his grandfathers, Mike Leslie and Tom Finlayson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vine Maple Place (, a Christian organization that addresses the complex issues of family homelessness and where David did his Eagle Scout project; or to the Semper Fi Fund ( which provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

David’s family would like to express our appreciation for all the prayers, love, donations and support from friends and strangers near and far. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of respect and honor given to David. Please visit Greenwood Memorial Park’s online guestbook to leave a remembrance if you wish.

Psalm 91:1-2

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • Committal Service Friday, November 22, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Stephen A Toepel, TSgt, USAF ret

June 11, 2014

David, ( I am so late at reading my Facebook entries). Rest In Peace. I knew you for a short time while at KDC and you're last day at work, I shook your hand and said be careful, watch your 6, and your buddies' 6. You were really excited and I did follow you while in Hawaii. You were doing what you wanted and that's what counts. To your family, may the grief change to happier times and know your son/ brother served and made the world we live in a better place. Thank you David for your service and may God Bless you and your family.

Gianni Butler

December 14, 2013

Just heard about Finlayson today. I was with David throughout ROTC, and he was a great team player. Though we lost touch after graduating from high school, I always remember him as the cool, calm, and collected cadet. Awesome teammate with a subtle sense of humor. Rest in peace, devil dog.

A Marine Mom

November 29, 2013

Your loss is felt by many many people. Please know that Marine parents all over the world are embracing you and your family in prayer. May God give you the strength to get through each day.

Lorie Helzer & Kevin Frees

November 29, 2013

Kevin and I were shocked and saddened to read about David's passing. I have such vivid memories of that quiet but mischievious boy at Fairwood Elementary and in Boy Scouts. David was so joyful and exuberant, and from what I see, he grew to be a beautiful and strong young man. Although Kev and I haven't seen him since elementary school, we are feeling a loss. Our heartfelt sympathy and love to you, John, Laurie, and Thomas.

Martha R.

November 23, 2013

I do not know your family, but I am part of your greater family. I have 2 sons serving in the Marines. I loved your son's tribute. He was an outstanding young man. God bless you for your sacrifice. May God hold you close and comfort you as only He can.

Kristin Cuzick

November 23, 2013

I didn't know him.. But in reading about him I so wish I had. What an amazing young man; his family and friends, while enduring the grief of his loss, can know that losing him was a loss to our entire nation. I am proud that some of our young people grow up to be such exemplary citizens, and human beings. My deepest sympathy and condolences to David's family and friends... And to the rest of us who could only have benefitted from his youthful wisdom, sense of honor, and the joy he carried with him

John and Linda Chaniik

November 22, 2013

My wife and I were saddened to hear of the passing of this young man. Although I did not know him personally, I have a deep respect for all who so bravely serve our country, and I extend my sympathy and condolences to his family and friends.

Jill Fofana

November 22, 2013

David, my heart is heavy. I feel for your family as they lay you to rest today. I hope you are looking down upon us, realizing that you made quite an impact on this earth and so many of it's inhabitants. Love to you, your family and your friends, Jill


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