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Published December 06, 2012, 10:17 PM

A Bismarck family honors the life of their son and brother

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Bismarck family is grieving the sudden loss of their son and brother.

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Bismarck family is grieving the sudden loss of their son and brother.

20-year-old Tyler Orgaard and a fellow soldier were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Monday. His mother, father and sister say Tyler died doing what he truly loved.

Jesse, Josie and Kristy Orgaard say it was Tyler's dream to join the military since he was 7. He graduated from Bismarck Century High School last year and deployed to Afghanistan in June.

It was his first overseas deployment. His mission with the 818th was conducting route clearance operations. Tyler's father said his son lived his life with an all-in philosophy. Saying he lived more in 20 years than most people live in 80 years.

Jesse Orgaard, Tyler's father, says, "The first day you kinda feel empty, and the next day it kinda gets a little better, there is still that hole but you start to remember him for who he was and what he stood for and that win, lose or draw he made the decisions and followed his dream."

Tyler was looking forward to coming home and competing again as a Mixed Martial Artist.

His family has set up a fund in his name at Gate City Bank with proceeds going to Bismarck Combat Sports, an MMA training center.

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