David M. Hagerty, 68

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David Michael Hagerty peacefully entered eternity with Jesus his Savior May 16, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

Born Dec. 5, 1953, in Salina, KS,he was a son to Wilfred Hagerty and Sylvia (Wolters) Hagerty. Due to his father’s military service David spent his early childhood years in Kansas, Georgia and Virginia. The Hagerty family settled permanently in Coeur d’Alene, ID, in 1963. 

David graduated from Coeur d’Alene high school in 1972 and proceeded to earn his AA degree from North Idaho Community College. He was employed by Battelle at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, for 36 years as a research designer.

After committing his life to Jesus at the age of 28, David enjoyed Christian fellowship at Calvary Chapel TriCities in Kennewick.

He and his wife Barbara (Bright) White were married June 23, 2001. His goal as a husband was to love his wife as Christ loved the Church, and he truly loved her well. Upon feeling that the Lord told him to “take Barbara home”, they relocated to Carrollton, Ohio in February 2021.

David was a simple, straightforward man who enjoyed many things in life. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, liked road trips near and far, enjoyed photography, visiting historic landmarks and video editing. NASA and space exploration fascinated David. One of his fondest memories was being able to meet and shake hands with Charlie Duke, one of the astronauts from the Apollo 16 mission to the moon.

Having been raised in a military family, David was extremely patriotic and loved his country. One of his greatest regrets in life was not being able to serve when he was drafted for the Vietnam War. He had the utmost respect for those who served his country and was quick to thank them and acknowledge their service and sacrifice.

He was blessed to have two fur babies, Chewy and Chazz, both rescue dogs. David’s worldview was influenced by the Bible and his favorite verse regarding his pets is from Proverbs 12:10: “A righteous man regards the life of his animal…”.

David will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Barbara; sisters, Vicki (Ron) Okon of Dalton Gardens, ID, Susan (William) Severson of Post Falls, ID, and Theresa (Leonard) Jones of Shelton, WA; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Jean Bright of Carrollton; brothers-in-law, Barry Bright of Sadieville, KY, Stan Bright and Gary Clark of Carrollton, Marvin Bright of Granville, OH, Dave Bright of Carrollton, and Tim Bright of Avon, IN. 

Preceding him in death were his parents and nephew Heath Okon of Sandpoint, ID.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Chapel Canton (OH), date yet to be determined, and his remains will eventually be interred in Coeur d’Alene, ID. In lieu of flowers or gifts to the family, donations can be made to the Humane Society nearest you, or to the Yakima County Humane Society, 2405 W Birchfield Rd., Yakima, WA 98901. (Obituary lovingly submitted by Barbara Hagerty.)

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