Siaosi Fangalua, age 74, of West Jordan, UT, passed away at home peacefully surrounded by loved ones, after complications from multiple health issues, on August 23, 2022.\n\nSiaosi was born in Tuanekivale, Vava’u, Tonga on March 19, 1948 to Luseane Fakatoumafi (of Pea, Tongatapu) and Pesamino Fangalua Kakala. \n\n\nSiaosi was known for his sense of humor, tireless work ethic, and love for his family and church. \n\nWhile attending BYU-Hawaii in 1967, Siaosi was called back to serve his LDS mission in Tonga. Upon the completion of his 2-year church mission, Siaosi soon realized that he had a real gift for language. With that began a 35-year career as a translator and language supervisor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. \n\nSiaosi’s career achievements include, but are not limited to: directing and/or helping the Tongan translation of the LDS Triple Combination (Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price), Tongan hymnbook, General Conference talks and countless LDS church manuals. \n\nOutside of his career, Siaosi’s world revolved around his church, community and family obligations. \n\nSiaosi was fondly known as “Papa” to his many grandchildren. When he wasn’t at work or church, he could be found teasing, chasing or play-fighting with his grandchildren. \nThey were the pride of his life.\n\nSiaosi is survived by his sweetheart and wife of almost 50 years, Malia ‘Ofa Fangalua. She was his steady companion and caretaker until the very end. \nShe was the rock and joy of his life. \n\nHe is also survived by 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.