Defender of faith, family, freedom

An LDS soldier who was killed serving in Afghanistan is being remembered as a devout husband and father who never hesitated to defend his family, faith and freedom.

Utah National Guard 2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell, 35, was killed Nov. 25 in a firefight when he and a group of Afghani soldiers he was leading were attacked by enemy combatants, according to news reports. Brother Lundell is survived by his wife, Jeanine Lingwall Lundell, and their four children, Adam 10; Allison, 8; Logan, 5; and Liberty, 3.

A lifelong member, Brother Lundell grew up in Utah's West Valley City, loving the outdoors and sports. His likeable personality earned him many friends. Others often looked to him to lead. His classmates at Granger High School elected him student body president and he starred on the school's football team.

"He always strived to excel in anything he did," said Brother Lundell's older brother, Kris, a bishop living in South Jordan, Utah.

Brother Lundell and Jeanine were high school sweethearts. The couple married after he returned home from serving in the Philippines Manila Mission. They began their family and Brother Lundell earned an economics degree at the University of Utah.

Bishop Lundell said the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, deeply impacted his brother.

"(Scott) was a believer in protecting God-given freedoms and agency," Bishop Lundell said.

Prompted by such convictions, Brother Lundell joined the military in 2004 and eventually earned an officer's commission. At his funeral Dec. 2, Jeanine Lundell spoke of her husband's decision to deploy to Afghanistan. "He didn't have to go, he chose to go," the Deseret Morning News reported.

Family was essential to Brother Lundell and he was blessed with a wife and children who placed the gospel at the center of their lives. They are certain they will be with their loved one again.

"They are very well-versed in the plan of salvation," Bishop Lundell said. "There is no question what is taking place (on the other side.) No question about what is going on."

At the funeral, Sister Lundell said death is not the end of her and her husband's love story. "I await our glorious reunion and look forward to our happily-ever-after part of the story."

Brother Lundell was buried in a ceremony with full military honors at the Benjamin City Cemetery in Utah County.

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