KIA December 4, 2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 20th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Army SGT Michael “Luke” Boatright was killed December 4, 2004 when he was struck by an improvised explosive device during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.
Michael, who went by his middle name of Luke, was born on February 21, 1980, in Lewisville, Texas, to Michael Boatright and Candace Sons. He married Desty Skidmore on Valentine’s Day, 1997, in Frisco, Texas, and together they had three children, Colton, Tanna, and Zoie Boatright. They were high school sweethearts; she was 15, he was 16. “I know—babies!” Desty Boatright recalls now with a laugh. “He was just like my everything… There’s not another one like him.” Luke was a regular at Desty’s house in Frisco when they were growing up. He’d walk through the pasture from his grandma’s house to play with Desty’s brother. As the years passed, he’d come by even when her brother wasn’t home. “He told my mom he was gonna marry me one day,” Desty remembered. “I laughed and said you have to ask me on a date first.” Desty Boatright described the love of her life as a good ole’ country boy. “He loved hunting and fishing, drove a noisy old pickup, and was always goofing around, trying to make people smile.”
At age 17, Luke joined the Army National Guard. After 9/11, he signed up for active duty and became a Combat Engineer. He was a true “Texan” who loved riding bulls, listening to country music and hunting deer. Before his death, SGT Boatright had recently re-enlisted for another four years and had decided to make the Army his life-long career. According to his mother, “He loved being a soldier and took his Army values very seriously; loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.”
SGT Michael Luke Boatright is survived by his mother, Candace Sons; father, Michael Boatright; sisters, Tracy Paige and Chelsea Mince; brother, Marcus Mince; three nieces; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
SGT Michael Luke Boatright was 24 years old from Frisco, TX
Original portrait was presented May 16, 2008 to his mother, Candace, during the special events honoring Gold Star families and their fallen heroes in Amarillo, Texas
Sponsored for family by:
The Students, Families and Faculty of Fisher Elementary, Frisco, Texas