The family of Army Maj. Brent Taylor will sit down to Thanksgiving dinner  this afternoon looking squarely at the chair no longer occupied by a husband, a dad, a brother, and a son.   Maj. Taylor, 39, lost his life in the fight in Afghanistan Nov. 3, 2018, while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

According to his family and friends, he died doing what he loved for a country he loved and for Afghanistan, whose people, he apparently loved as well.

Maj. Taylor was gunned down by small arms fire, presumably by one of the Afghan commandos he was training. The investigation into the insider attack is not yet complete.

Maj. Taylor and his wife Jennie are parents to seven children whose ages range from infancy to age 13.

Completely committed to his career as a Soldier, Maj. Taylor, a military intelligence officer, took a yearlong leave-of-absence from his job as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, to go on his fourth combat deployment. He had previously served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the Utah Army National Guard,

A friend, and former mayor of Pleasant View, Utah, Toby Mileski, remembered Maj. Brent Taylor for his love of eating, his penchant for always running late and his good sense of humor:

“We were always laughing — always — and that’s one thing I’m really going to miss.”

“Jennie, kids, your dad was a warrior, a patriot and a super person. I am honored and blessed have been able to call him my best friend.”

Maj. Taylor arrived at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City last week; full military and religious services for Maj. Taylor were held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Ogden.

Maj. Brent Taylor will be forever missed by his family and friends and this Grateful Nation.