Utah Marine laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Sep 24, 2021, 10:40 PM

ARLINGTON, Va. – A funeral and burial service was held Friday morning for Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover at Arlington National Cemetery.

“He was a great leader. He loved everybody,” said Darin Hoover, who is Taylor Hoover’s father.

KSL-TV spoke with Hoover’s father before the family left for Arlington.

He still can’t believe his son is gone.

During the funeral Friday morning, Hoover’s sister said the same thing.

“Can’t believe this is real,” she said through sobs and tears. “He’s my best friend.”

Part of why she can’t believe this is real is because she thought her brother was invincible.

During her speech in the funeral home, she told a story about her big, tough brother who grabbed her and ran her to safety during a lightning storm when they were younger.

Others spoke about the kind, soft-hearted man who always wanted to help everyone.

“The big teddy bear,” said Darin Hoover with a grin. “The man he became. The man and leader he became.”

Hoover was leading a team of Marines, checking IDs at the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport on Aug. 26, when he and twelve other U.S. service members were killed in a suicide bomber’s explosion.

When the family had to decide on where to bury him, Arlington seemed to be the only place, with its long and rich traditions, that made sense.

Although it’s goodbye for now, the family is planning on coming back here.

“We’re going to make a family trip out of it every year now,” said Darin Hoover. “To go visit him and be with him and know that there are other people who will do the same thing.”

For as celebrated as Arlington is for everything it represents, today, with Hoover now here, it became a little more special.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(Courtesy: Ruby Rose Anaya)...
Michael Locklear

After loud boom across Utah, here’s why you should check your yard for treasure

A Utah astronomer says the meteor that passed through Utah on Saturday might have left some valuable minerals for unexpecting locals.
1 day ago
(National Weather Service Salt Lake City)...
Michael Houck

Soldier Canyon evacuated due to flash floods

Tooele County authorities issued an evacuation order in Soldier Canyon after reports of flash flooding Saturday night.
1 day ago
(South Salt Lake Police)...
Michael Houck

Police: Bicyclist in critical condition after being hit by a pickup truck

A man is in the hospital in critical condition after being hit by a pickup truck Saturday evening on 3400 South 325 West.
1 day ago
Michael Houck

Fire crews battle fire on tribal lands, lighting caused

First responders are fighting a wildfire on Saturday afternoon near Monarch Ridge and Brown's Draw Reservoir. 
1 day ago
Senate Minority Caucus Manager Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, speaks at a press conference outlining...
Associated Press

Utah Democrats call for Sen. Gene Davis to step down

A week and a half after a former intern publicly accused state Sen. Gene Davis of sexual misconduct, the Utah Democratic Party is suspending the lawmaker from all party-related activities.
1 day ago
(Utah Department of Public Safety)...
Cary Schwanitz

One person dead, two injured after crash on I-80 near Tooele

One person died and two others were injured after a crash early Saturday morning in Tooele County.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Utah Marine laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery