1940 ~ 2004

Ivapene Fonoti Tauvao died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones the afternoon of September 18, 2004.

He was born in Faaala, Samoa, on Sept. 9, 1940 to Esekia Tauvao and Lefaatau Moti. He married Feagiai Tusi Mapuileolo, marriage later solemnized in the Samoan Temple.

He was a master carpenter. Ivapene loved The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served willingly and faithfully in many capacities. He was active in scouting and served as a member of the bishopric and stake high council in Samoa. He had a remarkable gift with his grandchildren in inspiring them to be their best. He will be remembered for his generosity, his kindness and for his steadfast testimony in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife Feagiai Tusi, six sons, Tenari (Taaga), Livingstone (Chiu Ying), Esekia (Pueomanu), Setefano (Viola), Levaula (Tokase), and Almar; five daughters, Elanor (Ieremia Tevaga), Leileiga Hannah (Wilson Leiato), Vaserisa Tauvao, Seupepe (Tasi Afualo), and Perkins (Scott Headle); 40 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Ivapene was preceded in death by his parents, two sons (Kauli and Filemu), two daughters (Vaserisa and Elna), three grandchildren (Semi, Nicholas, and Salamasina), a brother (Tasesa) and one sister (Punipuao).

A viewing and family service will be held Sunday, Sept 26, 2004, 7-9 p.m. at Heritage Samoan Ward, on 7350 South 3200 West. Funeral services will be Monday, September 27, 2004, 10 a.m. at the Heritage Samoan Ward on 7350 South 3200 West. An additional viewing will be held prior to the funeral services from 8-9:45 a.m. Interment, Redwood Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan.