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Petelo Mika Tanuvasa

September 2, 1968 — March 5, 2024

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Petelo Mika Tanuvasa, better known as Mika, was born on September 2, 1968 to Falefatu and Alosia Tanuvasa in Safotu, Savai’i, Samoa. He passed away on March 5, 2024, in Salt Lake City, UT, at the age of 55.

 

He was a devoted husband to Penina Koko Leilua Tanuvasa and a loving father to Gary Saena (Jennifer), Sia Leota (Samson), La'au Tanuvasa (Lahaina), Fausia Tanuvasa, and David Laumatia. Mika was also a proud grandfather of Karson, Payton, Kash, Knox, Kam, Isaiah, Keinina, Kean, Samson Jr., Lauryn, Siato, Falefatu, La'au, and Baby Mika.

 

Along with his aforementioned children and grandchildren, Mika is survived by his father, Falefatu Petelo Tanuvasa, and his siblings: Simeone Schmidt (Veronika), Cindy Wahlstrom (Mike), Mautofi Mulitalo (Feleti, Sr.), Salevao Tanuvasa, Elena Tanuvasa, and Apinati Tanuvasa. 

 

He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Hermann Schmidt, Simeone Schmidt, Jr., Penina Fidow, Jimone Schmidt, Frances Fidow; Numiamonai'u Wahlstrom, Magnus Wahlstrom; Toalima Mulitalo, Feleti Mulitalo, Jr. (Senia); Maximus Tanuvasa, Dimitrius Tanuvasa, Sakadius Tanuvasa; Puahau Gora-Tanuvasa, Tiafau Gora-Tanuvasa, Lamese Gora-Tanuvasa, Simou Gora-Tanuvasa and grand-niece, Malania Mulitalo.

 

Mika was predeceased by his brother, Tavita Tanuvasa, and mother, Alosia Tanuvasa.

 

Mika was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in a few callings during his lifetime including Young Men’s Presidency, Scout Master and President of the Elders Quorum. With his priesthood, he blessed, confirmed and baptized his children and grandchildren. He gave countless father’s blessings whenever his children needed it. He loved the Lord, led by example and always encouraged his children to do the same and put their faith in Heavenly Father. 

 

He had an incredible work ethic and though it seemed like all he did was work, he enjoyed several hobbies in his spare time. Mika was a passionate Kansas City Chiefs fan, he found immense joy in watching the Chiefs football games with his father and children. He enjoyed playing golf, cricket, volleyball, rugby, and lacrosse. He found solace in going for long drives and traveling the United States with his wife. His therapy was spending time outdoors camping, fishing, and hiking. 

 

Mika was known for his kind and selfless nature, his humility, and generosity. He served his family and friends with his whole being and without complaint. He loved his family unconditionally and showed it regularly through acts of service. Regardless of any ailments he was suffering or fatigue he was experiencing, he always made sure to show up for his family events. He was ever the entertainer, bringing joy and laughter to those around him with his hilarious personality. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and his absence will be forever palpable. 

 

A family service will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, followed by a Bishop's service from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at West Jordan Sycamores Stake Meetinghouse, located at 7580 Abbotsbury Ln, West Jordan, UT 84081. 

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

West Jordan Sycamores Stake Center

7580 Abbotsbury Ln, West Jordan, UT 84081

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Bishops Service

Thursday, March 14, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

West Jordan Sycamores Stake Center

7580 Abbotsbury Ln, West Jordan, UT 84081

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