Latter-day Saint Life

Family of Fallen Latter-day Saint Soldier, Mayor Receives Christmas Surprise


"I hope it lightens their spirits and gives them some joy this Christmas season, because they've got a lot of pain going on right now," said Craig Mitton, president of Ben Lomond Landscape Maintenance, a local franchise of Christmas Decor, that put up the decorations in frigid temperatures on Wednesday.

A local company, with help from anonymous donors, made Christmas a little brighter this year for the Taylor family.

Brent Taylor, a 39-year-old husband and father of seven young children, a Utah National Guardsman and mayor of North Ogden was killed in a Nov. 3 attack in Afghanistan.

He was serving his fourth deployment — his second to Afghanistan — that began in January and was expected to end before the holidays. His family had no idea they would be spending Christmas without him.

Story by Wendy Leonard, Deseret News

Lead image Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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