Roy Duane Finch

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Finch, Roy Duane
76, of Wittman AZ died December 11 at Hospice of Arizona - Sun City West. He was born to Fern and Wayne Finch in Kansas City, Kansas on October 17, 1937. Roy spent his entire life serving his communities and his country. He joined the US Army Reserve before he graduated from High School in 1955. After the Army reserve, he joined the US Navy with an honorable discharge in 1962. This was followed with the Air National Guard with the US Air Force. Then he became a Senior Agent with the US Border Patrol. For the next 20 years he was an officer of the Scottsdale Police Dept retiring as Captain in 1985. During this time, he got his Bachelor of Science degree at Arizona State University, and re-joined the US Army Reserve; retiring Lieutenant Colonel in 1997. 1986 he became Chief of Police in Idaho Springs, Colorado, moving back to Arizona in 1988 to become Chief of Police of Cottonwood until 1995. Even after fully retiring he volunteered for several years with the Citizen Patrol in Surprise. Roy is survived by Judy, his wife of 26 years. Daughter Michelle Tash, husband Bill and Grandson Kyle. Son David Tallman and Brother Jim Finch. Step Children, Jarrod Nixon, Tana Garcia, & Tricia Borgen. Step grandchildren Justin Tash, Devin & Shea Garcia; Spencer, Emery and Karina Borgen. Many in-laws and nieces and nephews in Oregon. Judy and Roy enjoyed travel and sporting events. Army-Navy football was a battle with his Stepson Jarrod, Diamondbacks with grandson Kyle. He loved the Sun Devils, the Cardinals, and the Diamondbacks - even adopting the Oregon Ducks from Judy's home state. Services will be held on January 7th at 10 am at the National Memorial Cemetery 23029 N Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. A service will also be held in Eugene, Oregon to be set at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Citizens Patrol of Surprise, 14250 W Statler Plaza, Suite 103, Surprise, AZ 85374


Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 15, 2013
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