'God bless America': Widow of fallen Utah solider Brent Taylor speaks at vigil


    The widow of fallen Utah solider and North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor spoke to a crowd of a few hundred people in front of her home Wednesday night. (Photo: Randy Likness / KUTV)

    (KUTV) – The widow of fallen Utah solider and North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor spoke to a crowd of a few hundred people in front of her home Wednesday night.

    “I’ve attended vigils like this before, but never on this side,” Jennie Taylor said as she embraced one of her seven children in her arms. “It’s extremely overwhelming, in a good way.”

    The widow of fallen Utah solider and North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor spoke to a crowd of a few hundred people in front of her home Wednesday night. (Photo: Randy Likness / KUTV)

    Taylor said her family is devastated by Brent Taylor’s untimely death in Afghanistan last week, but they do not regret supporting his military service.

    The group sang patriotic hymns and recounted stories of Brent Taylor, who was an iconic figure for the community. He had served for several years as North Ogden’s mayor and was involved in community organizations and his church.

    This undated photo provided by the Utah National Guard shows Maj. Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard. Taylor, former mayor of North Ogden, died in Afghanistan on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, City Councilman Phillip Swanson said. Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty. Taylor previously served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. (Courtesy of Utah National Guard via AP)

    “He was a friend to literally everyone,” Abby Laing, who attended the vigil, told 2News.

    While addressing the crowd, Jennie Taylor said her husband’s personality uplifted the people with whom he interacted.

    “Brent has such a way of making everyone feel like they’re his favorite,” Taylor said.

    The widow of fallen Utah solider and North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor spoke to a crowd of a few hundred people in front of her home Wednesday night. (Photo: Randy Likness / KUTV)

    She concluded her remarks by recounting her husband’s love of his country and his desire to serve in the military.

    ”God bless America," Taylor said. "I know not what else to say — God bless America."

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