PRICE - Lafoga Laulu Jr. returned home to his Heavenly Father Nov. 2, 2008 after his short battle with leukemia at the age of 57.
He was born Oct. 4, 1951 in Mapusaga, American Samoa, to Pelu Pelu Laulu and Lesina Fuimaono. Jr. married Patricia Elaine Perry, the love of his life, in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on June 8, 1974. He was married to his eternal companion for 34 years.
Jr. was born in Samoa and grew up in Hawaii until the young age of 12, when he moved to California. He attended Nogales High School in La Puente, Calif., where he wrestled and played football. He graduated in 1969.
Following high school, he attended Mt. San Antonio College in California, where he played football.
Jr. served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1971-1973 in his homeland of Samoa.
Following his marriage to Patricia, they spent most of their married life in Utah, where they have raised their four children.
Jr. enjoyed riding his motorcycle, coaching football, playing raquetball, working out and spending time with family, especially his four grandsons.
He worked as a coal miner for over 20 years and, most recently, in the oil field.
Jr. was a very happy, humble and Christ-like person who loved others unconditionally. He will be remembered as a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, friend and coach who took the time to influence others' lives.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Sulika (Scott) Merrell, Malia (James II) Theorine, Rebecca Laulu (Jason Ochoa) and Perry Laulu; four grandsons, Kalani Vai Laulu, James (Kimo) Victor Theorine III, Mateo Jack Lafoga Theorine and Sai`peti Epomaikaimaikeakuaokalanikeiaohanaalii Merrell; parents, Pelu Pelu and Lesina Laulu; sisters, Sulika (Iosefa) Toia of San Dimas, Calif.; Mei (Ramese) Fitivale of Fontana, Calif.; and brother, Mateo (Ata) Laulu.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Price LDS Stake Center, 150 South 500 East. A viewing will be Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 680 East 100 South in Price, and Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the services. Interment will be in the Cliffview Cemetery.