Our dearest Father, Husband, Uncle, Son, Brother, and Papa joined our army of angels on January 7, 2022. His death was sudden and very unexpected, but we know he is in a better place now. Eli or Eddie, as he would call himself, was born on February 22, 1955 to Sione and Ika Olive in Tongatapu, Tonga. Soon after birth, he was taken and raised by his paternal grandparents, Semisi Mounga and Luisa Olive in Mu’a. He had a great childhood and was raised and chose to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When he was only 13 years-old he was brought to America with his uncle, who he now honors as his father, Piukana Olive.

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He loved the Lord, Jesus Christ, and due to his faith and testimony, at the age of 19, he chose to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints in the South Dakota Rapid City mission from April 27, 1974-1976. Shortly after his return he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and was reunited with an old school mate and childhood friend, Lavinia Veiongo Talanoa. They fell in love quickly and married on July 1, 1976 in the Salt Lake City Temple for time and all eternity. Their love brought 7 beautiful children into this world: Taniela Spencer Olive (Amy), Camilla Paeahelotu Olive (deceased), Semisi Mounga Olive (deceased), Eliesa Tupou Olive, Jr., Luisa Tupola (Semisi), Fatai Sioux MacKay (Logan), and Afukaipouli Eldon Olive (Christina).

Eli and Lavinia lived a happy and fruitful life together by serving the Lord on multiple official and unofficial missions to build His kingdom on this Earth. Eliesa built a wonderful legacy of faith, determination, entrepreneurship, loyalty, love, and charity. All those who knew him, even for a short time, were affected by his love and testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ and his love for everyone. His 10 grandchildren (with 2 more on the way), 5 surviving children, and wife will miss him dearly. Each of his grandchildren send him off with so much love always and forever: Jacob, Camilla, Marley, Kalia, Lavinia, Mele, Semisi, Spencer, Moses, and Taisa. We love you, Papa, until we meet again, fly high and watch over us always!

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 8435 South 2700 West in West Jordan, Utah. A graveside service will follow on the same day, 1/14/2022, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Memorial Redwood Cemetery located at 6500 South Redwood Road in West Jordan, Utah.

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Funeral Service

Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
8435 South 2700 West
West Jordan, UT 84088

Graveside Service

Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Memorial Redwood Cemetery
6500 South Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84123

Services Handled By

Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Jan 13, 2022

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