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Sione Lata'l Lulunga Hafoka Malekamu 1921 ~ 2010 Sosiua 24:15 : Ka koau pea mo huku fale, temau tauhi'a Sihova. The Lord has called home our sweet father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend Sione Lata'l Lulunga Hafoka Malekamu. He passed on peacefully in his home on the morning of October 10th, 2010 surrounded by his family. Those who witnessed his passing say "He left peacefully and was ready for his call home." Sione Malekamu was born on January 27th, 1921, in Ha'ano, Ha'apai-Tonga to Tonga "Emosi" and Lavinia Malekamu. He is a brother to Mafi Uipi, Kite Kei'aho, Tonga Paongo and Fane Fisilau. In Sione's first marriage he had four children; Elenoa, Makalita and two who have passed on Tevita and Mele. Sione later met and married the sparkle in his eyes Eseta Palu on August 21st, 1946 in whom together they brought forth 12 children; Lesila Vaito Folu, Tangikina (Petelo) Alusa, Tevita (Papa) Malekamu, Pilimilose (Puluno) Tuifua, Latu (Elizabeth) Malekamu, Solomone (Nola) Malekamu, Mele (Kolotina) Fonua, Lavinia (Sosaia) Haukinima, Vea (Viliami) Talau, Tonga Malekamu, Kite (Leva) Malekamu and Seini (Sefo) Leha'uli. He has 46 grandchildren and 26 greatchildren. Sione grew up in Ha'ano where he mastered the skills of landscape, gardening/farming and architecture which he later applied to building the first church of Tonga in Hoi, Tongatapu. He began his ministry work in 1958 as a Setuata (Stewardship) and later became an appointed Faifekau (Pastor) in the Siasi 'O Tonga Hou'Eiki. He had such a love for the word of God that even through his illness where he would forget those around him, the scripture passages were never forgotten as he would recite them word for word from his heart. He had a passion for music, his bass voice went unmatched as he was always asked by many choirs and song groups to join in on the singing. Sione came to America in 1977 with two teenaged daughters in search of the "American Dream" in which he fulfilled and lived up to with his own two hands, one by one he his wife and rest of his ten children. In the late 70's early 80's Sione joined a few families as they brought up the First Tongan Methodist church in Salt Lake City, also in his own church Sione helped fulfill the version of rebuilding the Siasi Tonga in downtown Salt Lake which was completed in 2002. Sione was the pride and joy in his many lives, and was referred to as the Tongan John Wayne the famous cowboy movie star because of his good looks, wit and charm. His works within the church, family and community will echo throughout the ages and his humbleness in obedience to God's teachings will forever be remembered. 'Ofa atu Kiho mata malimali pea kiho anga fkngalo ngata'a. A viewing and service will be held on Saturday, October 16th from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Another viewing and service will be held on Sunday October 17th at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday October 20th at 10 a.m. All services will held at the Siasi 'O Tonga Hou'eiki, 700 South 532 East in Salt Lake City with burial at Redwood Memorial Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Rd. immediately following the service.

Published in Deseret News from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2010
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