Family identifies Utah soldier killed in Afghanistan as Aaron Butler

Aaron Butler (Photo: Courtesy Butler family)

(KUTV) – The family of a Utah soldier killed in Afghanistan this week has identified him as Aaron Butler, 27, from Monticello.

Butler, a Special Forces soldier with the Utah National Guard, died Tuesday night when he entered a booby-trapped building with his twelve-member team.

“Aaron was absolutely fearless, selfless, courageous and relentless,” said his father, Randy Butler.

The Butler family has released the following statement to 2News Thursday morning:

“The Army values are: ‘Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage’. Aaron Butler personified those values in everything he said and did.

“In a life that was all too brief, our dear son and brother made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. While we are heartbroken to become a Gold Star family, we honor Aaron’s service and sacrifice. Aaron was a strength to us, an inspiration to those around him, and a joy to have in our family.”

In the statement, the Butler family wrote that Aaron graduated from Monticello High School in 2008. He later served an LDS Mission in Ghana.

Butler was a four-time high school state wrestling champion, claiming state titles in 2005 through 2008, according to the family.

Butler graduated with honors from the Army Green Beret Special Forces Qualifications Course in January 2016, the family told 2News.

The Butler family said Aaron’s body is being flown back to the United States and funeral plans are pending.

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