Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 20, 2013
Pekipaki Tautua’a

Obit Pekipaki Tautua’aPekipaki Tautua’a, also lovingly known as Matani, was born on Jan. 26, 1956 in Kolomout’a, Tongatapu, Tonga to Lose Tautua’a and Taufo’ou Lolohea. He was raised as the son of Silipa Lolohea Moala and Haine Moala, his aunt and uncle, in the village of Vaotu’u, Tonga. He passed away on Aug. 8 at the age of 57 due to complications from a stroke in December. He was at his home surrounded by his family and friends, exactly where he wanted to be. At age 16 he was taught the gospel and baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He remained a devoted lifelong member, serving in various church positions. After high school he served a building and proselyting mission in Tonga. Later Pekipaki had the opportunity to come to the United States. He met his loving wife, Ruth, at a church dance in Salt Lake City. They were married in the Salt Lake City LDS temple on Jan. 7, 1983. The family lived in various places like California, Hawaii, Tonga and Utah. Pekipaki and Ruth are the parents of six children, Silipa (Sean Smith), Haine (Annie Morris), Nafetali (Sariah Bunker), Vaiokema, Seini (Roland Tupola), and Metui. Grandchildren are Kamaile, Kaleinani, Talamasina, Vaiokema, Amelia, Silipa and Cindle. Pekipaki enjoyed talking to everyone, making jokes, music, singing, dancing, sports, especially boxing and rugby, genealogy, building things, visiting family and friends, drawing, helping people at the side of the road and much more. His occupation consisted of many types of construction, from concrete flat work to high-rise buildings. His last and favorite job was working with his cousins at Kinikini Construction. Pekipaki is preceded in death by his granddaughter Talamasina, his birth parents and many extended family members. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 in Tooele. He is buried at the Tooele City Cemetery. We would like to thank everyone who helped us with the funeral, floral arrangements the ward set up and food and luncheon, and Tate Mortuary.

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