Sione Hia Katoa
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1971 ~ 2012
Sione passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on December 20, 2012 in Murray, Utah.
Sione was born in 1971 in Tonga and then moved to Utah with his parents, Sioeli and Ilaisaane Katoa. He spent his childhood in the Kearns and West Jordan areas, graduating from West Jordan High School in 1989. Sione is an active member of the LDS Church and completed an honorable mission to Sidney, Australia. Sione married his eternal companion, Taiena Tupou Hafoka, in 1993 and they have four beautiful daughters; Ituala Nicole Malakai, Salote Tapenisi, Ilaisaane Lepeka, and Nita Soana. His wife and girls were the focus of his life. Sione was very active and enjoyed lifting weights, football, camping and fishing, and anything he could do with family. He was kind to all and his positive attitude influenced all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.
Sione is survived by his parents, wife and daughters, sisters Fatai (Pita) Alusa, Milika (Mani) Fotu, Salote and Lepeka, brothers Hema (Becky), Sio (Tina), Semisi, and Sione Angilau, and many other family members.
A viewing will be held at Redwood Memorial Estates Friday Dec. 28th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m., with interment immediately following. A family program will be held the prior evening at the same location at 6:00 p.m.


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Published in Deseret News on Dec. 26, 2012.
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January 2, 2013
We were blessed to move next door to the Katoa family when they lived in Highland. What a great family. So sorry to hear of Sione's passing. He will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers to his family and girls.
Harmony Saunders
December 28, 2012
We love the Katoa family and are so sad to hear of Sione's passing. May our Heavenly Father bless and comfort your family. Megan (Ledingham) Golightly & Melanie Ledingham
December 28, 2012
Sione will be missed greatly within our families functions and activities - may the lord be with you and your family until we meet again - Love always and forever THE FONUA'S
Stoney & Jackie Fonua
December 27, 2012
Sione, you will be missed but not forgotten. Your example to everyone and your smile and laughter will always be remembered for who you are. Until we meet again. 'Ofa lahi atu.
Karl Wolfgramm
December 27, 2012
'Ofa lahi atu Sione and we will miss you always at the Katoa functions. Rest in Peace till we meet again
Ronald/Paea Cole
December 27, 2012
I just wanted to tell Sione's Mom and Dad and his wife and Children, how important he was to me. When we were young how influential he was on me , he came to Priest Quorum before he left on his Mission to Australia, he bore his testimony to us, told us to change our ways and serve our Missions for the Lord. This along with others changed not only my Families lives but all the Families that I served on my Mission. like the analogy of the pebble being cast into the water and the ripples affecting those that we're unaware of, I saw Sione many times in Lehi, I wished I'd gotten to tell him before, but I know he smiling down on us. I also know that Families will be together forever. Ofa Lahi Atu to all his Family, Im thankful for his Goodly Parents, for his obedience to lead and show us the way, my Family will be eternally Grateful Sione, Malo Aupito.
Eddie Taumoepeau Jobrack
December 27, 2012
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brent taylor
December 27, 2012
I just want to let your Mom and Dad and your Wife and Kids know, how your example before you left on your Mission. I remember you coming into Priests Quorum, he bore his testimony to us and told us to change our ways ,serve a Mission. With his example and others my Family, and Families I met on my Mission were and are being blessed today for his example. I am thankful, for his having goodly Parents his obedience, to lead the way. This memory will forever touch me, and like the analogy of the pebble in the water and the ripples in the water, we don't always know who we touched I saw him many times out around Lehi, I wish I would've told him. But, I know he's watching over us I just wanted Sione's Family to know how special he is, and Families will be together Forever. Ofa Atu Lahi from the Jobrack's.
Eddie Taumoepeau Jobrack
December 27, 2012
Sione was my best friend, he had a contagious laugh and smile. Always willing to help in whatever way he could. Incredible husband, father and brother. You'll be missed "J". I love you my brother.
Kime Kinikini
December 26, 2012
Will miss your "happy go lucky" charm, funny sense of humor, and contagious laugh/smile!! Farewell until we meet again, Sione!! 'Ofa Lahi Atu!!
Leinata Leakehe
December 26, 2012
Sione you touched many lives. All of who will miss you. I had the pleasure of knowing you for such a short time as you walked the halls of West Jordan High. You have been part of a gracious and noble family. May you rest in peace for all the love and happiness that you brought to many.
G Norma Villar
December 26, 2012
Sione was a great guy, loyal friend, loving husband and father, and the best big brother a person could ask for. He gave willingly and generously to all in need without judgement. I will miss you bro! Ofa lahi atu.
Hema Katoa
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