Similarly, Herbert will order that USA and Utah flags be lowered to half-staff for Taylor's funeral. He was scheduled to return in January.
The Utah National Guard has not publicly confirmed or discussed the circumstances of Taylor's death, which was confirmed to CNN by a government official. That's what's so painful about this.
Despite the danger of the area, he thinks Taylor felt "he was among friends with the people that he was working with", adding to the anguish over the turn of events.
Operation Resolute Support said in a news release Saturday it is investigating the incident, which is suspected of being carried out by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. "I love Mayor Taylor, his fantastic wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids".
Taylor's remains will arrive at Dover Air Force base Monday evening.
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In a statement Saturday night, Utah Gov. Herbert said he was "heartbroken at the news" of Taylor's death and felt "completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this courageous and selfless soldier". He was a leader.
'The strong turnout, despite the attacks and challenges, was a success for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan and for the cause of human freedom, ' he wrote last week. "This is a sad day for Utah, for America".
Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney both tweeted about Taylor on Saturday evening.
"Yet he wanted to go back because he thought he could do good in Afghanistan", the governor said at a press conference to formally announce Taylor's death. My prayers and love are with Jennie and his seven young children. "His service to his community is going to be remembered forever".
"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan", he said. "I will be assigned to serve on an advisory team training the staff of an Afghan commando battalion".
Friends described Taylor as a passionate and outgoing mayor who was continually looking for new ways to serve his country and his state. Taylor was elected to the city council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became mayor in 2013, according to the city council website.