Widow, kids of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor receive new home

Jene J. Long

The relatives of the former mayor, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2018, will before long move into the new dwelling at minimized price.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jed Nilson, second from remaining, offers a ceremonial vital to Jennie Taylor and her seven little ones in entrance of their new residence in North Ogden, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Taylor is the widow of previous North Ogden Mayor and Utah Countrywide Guard Maj. Brent Taylor, who was killed whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2018.

Jennie Taylor will under no circumstances forget about the surprise offer you, shipped with a knock at her outdated house.

It was December 2018, and when she answered, she noticed her genuine estate agent standing with Jed and Bruce Nilson of Nilson Residences. Collectively, they needed to construct Taylor a new residence.

Her partner, former North Ogden mayor and Utah National Guard Maj. Brent Taylor, had been killed in motion hardly a month just before. Their house at the time, Taylor imagined to herself, was the spot where her young children held recollections of their father, the place she even now felt the existence of her partner. She explained to the Nilsons many thanks, but no many thanks.

Months went by, and finally, Taylor recognized that their outdated household wasn’t the correct suit for her and her 7 small children. She took the Nilsons up on their previous present.

And on Thursday, the household stood before their newly-accomplished house.

“I’m grateful to Brent for his support and the legacy that he’s still left us,” Taylor claimed at the house determination. “Almost each and every lovely issue in our life correct now is because of him and his services. Chances like this residence at the rear of me, the auto I drive, the vacation possibilities I have to communicate or interact with other veterans or army users all over the entire world. It’s all because I fell in appreciate with a guy who loves a region that I have loved considering the fact that I was a tiny child.”

Moving in, and creating strategies

The household is found on 1.5-acre North Ogden house that Jennie and Brent Taylor had bought together decades prior. The 5-bed room, 5,070 square-foot house is the result of a collaboration involving Have A Heart, a project launched in 1998 by the Northern Wasatch Affiliation of Realtors that has resulted in the building of 35 households, and Nilson Houses.

The Taylor family’s new household sits at the conclusion of a cul-de-sac. All the home windows in experience the mountains, which Taylor added are also etched on to Brent Taylor’s headstone.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Visitors tour a space honoring Brent Taylor in the recently-concluded home of Jennie Taylor and her 7 kids in North Ogden, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Taylor, the previous North Ogden mayor and Utah Countrywide Guard Big, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2018.

Straight away after coming into the property, a area shows Brent Taylor’s uniform, honors and souvenirs from his travels in armed service company, alongside with a painted portrait of the Taylor spouse and children.

The relatives has now started producing options for when they formally shift in. Jennie Taylor hopes to use the spacious dwelling place for gatherings of friends and household. She ideas to put in trampolines and aerial silks for her daughter, who is a “circus star.” The house already options a film theater, a activity room finish with air hockey and foosball, and a dwelling gymnasium house.

“When you discuss about who has a big financial debt to pay out to America, and the soldiers who lay down their lives for us, I really feel like my young children and I have pretty unpayable financial debt to pay back to all of you and everyone else who has saved us on our toes for nearly four years now,” Taylor said Thursday.

Practical experience sparks new initiative from developer

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jacob Taylor plays with a mini basketball in his bed room in the recently-completed home of Jennie Taylor and her 7 kids in North Ogden, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Taylor is the son of former North Ogden Mayor and Utah Countrywide Guard Maj. Brent Taylor, who was killed although serving in Afghanistan in 2018.

Nilson Houses attained out to their committee, trade associates, subcontractors and suppliers to talk to for donations to develop the Taylors’ new residence, Jed Nilson explained Thursday. He referred to as the ensuing generosity “outrageous,” and claimed that donations for the project, such as elements and labor, attained six figures.

Setting up the Taylor family’s new home, Nilson stated, has encouraged a new initiative in Nilson Households.

“We now want to make a single of these residences every single one 12 months and develop one particular of them in our communities and considerably discount them for veterans that have possibly households of veterans who have passed absent or veterans who are battling,” Nilson explained.

Many veterans confront psychological overall health fears or financial hardship as they return from military provider. The U.S. Division of Housing and Urban Progress has believed that about 40,000 veterans knowledge homelessness in The usa on any supplied night. Although veterans comprise only 7% of the national population, just about 13% of older people suffering from homelessness are veterans.

Last yr, nine of the 117 Utahns who died when experiencing homelessness had been veterans.

“Nothing would make me happier than to know that Nilson will go on this custom and support other family members,” Taylor stated.

Jennie Taylor has manufactured it her mission to provide army family members in Utah and throughout the place. She now serves as Utah’s Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and operates on the Best of Utah Navy Affairs Committee for the Weber and Davis Chambers of Commerce.

Taylor founded the Major Brent Taylor Foundation soon after her husband’s demise, which offers education, local community provider and scholarship possibilities for higher faculty learners.

“I’ll usually permanently be grateful that we have this home and a roof over our heads. But this is so a lot far more than a home,” Taylor explained. “This, to me, is symbolism of God’s hand and Brent’s hand continuing in our lives.”

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jennie Taylor makes remarks as a Gold Star flag flies in front of her new household in North Ogden, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Taylor is the widow of previous North Ogden Mayor and Utah Countrywide Guard Maj. Brent Taylor, who was killed whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2018.

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