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Nonprofit breaks ground on new home for family of late Maj. Brent Taylor

A team of builders and realtors rallied around the Taylor family at a groundbreaking for their future home in North Ogden on Tuesday. (Sean Moody, KSL-TV)

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NORTH OGDEN — A team of builders and realtors rallied around Jennie Taylor and her family at a groundbreaking for her future home in North Ogden on Tuesday.

She is the widow of Maj. Brent Taylor, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2018.

Many helping hands made this day possible — a testament to Maj. Taylor, who dedicated his life to his country and community as mayor of North Ogden.

It was a very exciting day for Jennie Taylor and her seven children.

They got to see the first step in building their dream home at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Thanks to the nonprofit group Have a Heart Home Foundation, which works with local realtors and builders with the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association and Nilson Homes, Taylor said she can build a loving home she and her husband envisioned almost eight years ago.

"I can't tell you how thrilled we are to look at that picture and imagine that becoming our home," Taylor said. "What better place could we build it than right on the foundation of Brent's beloved mini-farm, where he planted those hundreds and hundreds of tomatoes?"

Taylor said it's been difficult for her and her children with Brent Taylor's deployment and death, and then the COVID-19 pandemic.

She feels that 2021 is the year where they can finally pick up the pieces and heal.


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