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Obituary: Dorothy (Dottie) Leilani Behling Hemaloto

Dorothy (Dottie) Leilani Behling Hemaloto

1940 ~ 2007

On October 20, 2007, Dorothy (Dottie) Leilani Behling Hemaloto of Salt Lake City, Utah, left this mortal life due to cancer.She was born April 10, 1940, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Hilda Kapulani von Arnswaldt and Earl Johnson Behling. She and her parents moved to Los Angeles, CA for a 15-year period. She returned to Hawaii when her parents were called as labor missionaries to build the Church College of Hawaii (CCH) campus in Laie. She graduated from Kahuku High School, received an associate degree from CCH, then attended and graduated from BYU in Provo. She served a LDS mission in Florida and returned to BYU for graduate work and received her Masters degree in speech and drama.

Her first love was for her Father in Heaven and faithfully served Him in many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her testimony was strong and unwavering. She was blessed to enjoy the privilege of serving on the Young Women General Board and held countless leadership positions and teaching callings. She was a gifted and inspired motivational public speaker.

Dottie had the spirit of Elijah early in her life and devoted most of her life to genealogy. She was Hawaiian-German and had a passion for bringing temple blessings to her Hawaiian, Pacific Island, and German ancestors. At her death, she was serving her third mission in the Family and Church History Mission.

She taught at BYU-Hawaii, Kahuku High School, and later, was a production manager at the BYU Motion Picture Studio in Provo. She had many talents: acting, writing, hula dancing, modern dancing, and

academic excellence. She used her talents to serve others.

She was married to Viliami Hemaloto in January 17, 2007, in the Jordan River Temple.

She is survived by two brothers, Ronald (Jacqueline) of Los Angeles, CA; and Don (Bunny) of Honolulu, HI; and Baltimore, MD; a niece, Bridget, and three nephews: Ted, Michael, and Jonathan. She is also survived by Viliami's children daughter, Kalisi, and sons: Inoke, Sefo, Charlie, and Metui. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2007, in the Salt Lake 5th Tongan Ward Chapel located at 660 North Redwood Road, Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held Friday evening, Oct. 26, from 6-9 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, and also one hour prior to services on Saturday at the chapel. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.