MONTICELLO, Utah (ABC4 News) – On the evening before Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler’s body was scheduled to return home, his family members spoke to ABC4 about his life and legacy.
Family members say Aaron, who was killed in Afghanistan last week, was a born warrior and defender who knew he wanted to serve his country at a a young age.
“We are so proud of him,” said Laura Butler, his mother.
“This is what he was born to do.”
Butler signed up for the National Guard in high school. And it was during his high school years that he told people he wanted to be special forces.
“Aaron lives on the edge. He always did, I knew he always would,” said Laura.
“But he walked that line to protect us. And keep us from going over the edge,” she added.
In April, Butler was deployed for the first time to Afghanistan. While he was there, he asked his girlfriend to marry him.
“And I turned to my phone and he was down on one knee. Of course, I laughed, and I said, of course,” said fiance Alexandria Seagroves.
Last week, Butler was clearing a building in Afghanistan along his fellow Utah National Guard members. That’s when officials say an explosion killed him and injured 11 other members of his team.
On Thursday, the day that would have been his 28th birthday, his body is scheduled to be returned home to Monticello.
“I expect a broken heart again. He’s coming home on his birthday,” said his mother as she fought back tears.
“For a man to lay down his life for his friends, and his country, you can’t help but love that.”