Sivia “Via” Loloaso Skipps Wightman, Age 83, born in Pesega, Upolu, Western Samoa on August 31, 1939 to parents; Willie Loloaso Wightman and MaryAnn Skipps. Formerly from Chicopee, Massachusetts, he passed away peacefully Thursday, November 10, 2022 at his home in Lehi, Utah surrounded by his family. Via married the love of his life, Lynn McClelland, on November 29, 1976. This month would mark 46 wonderous years together.

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Via lived to bring joy to everyone in his life. As an incredibly talented musician, his lead vocals and music was shared throughout the world. He was a renowned, Hall of Fame PGA Professional, and a lifetime member of the PGA. His love for the game of golf and his passion for teaching, paved the way for generations of golfers. He was a faithful servant of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved serving in the Provo and Timpanogos Temples. He enjoyed ministering to friends and families, sharing his talents and compassion.

Preceded in death by his parents, Willie Loloaso Wightman and Maryann Skipps, and two brothers; Ruland Skipps and Billie “Suki” Wightman. He is survived by his eternal sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Lynn (McClelland) Wightman; son, Tele and his wife, Erin (Rees); their children, Trey, Emma, Kai, and Rees; daughter, Sara Ofahengaue and husband, Kelepi and their children Kali, Helaman, KJ, Toa, and Jordan; Daughter, Juli Erekson and her husband Zac and their children Ellie, Deuce, and Caz; his sisters Laila, Carol, and Pauline; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to express thanks to the nurses of Intermountain Hospice care and the incredible support of loved ones.

A daytime viewing will be held at 9:00-11:00 AM followed by The Funeral Service at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Friday, November 18, 2022, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 828 S Center St, Lehi, UT 84043.

Private Interment will be held at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, UT 84123.

To participate in the services via live stream, please visit Via’s obituary page on MemorialUtah.com.

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Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
828 S Center St
Lehi, UT 84043

Funeral Service

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
828 S Center St
Lehi, UT 84043

Services Handled By

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

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Our condolences to Lynn and her family on Via passing. Just learned today (11/22). Rest in peace, God bless.

John & Donna Moran , Chicopee, MA, US Nov 22, 2022

Our condolences to Lynn and her family on Via passing. Just learned today (11/22). Rest in peace, God bless.

John & Donna Moran , Chicopee, MA, US Nov 22, 2022

Via was a wonderful man. I absolutely loved him. I remember fondly the years spent as one of his treasured junior golfers at The Holyoke Country Club.

My condolences to the entire Wightman family. He leaves behind a special legacy.

Paul Winkler , West Springfield , MA, US Nov 18, 2022

Via was a wonderful man. I absolutely loved him. I remember fondly the years spent as one of his treasured junior golfers at The Holyoke Country Club.

My condolences to the entire Wightman family. He leaves behind a special legacy.

Paul Winkler , West Springfield , MA, US Nov 18, 2022

Via was a favorite! What a fun personality. I loved seeing him and Tele interact. Will be greatly missed.

Matt Stafford , South Jordan , UT, US Nov 18, 2022

Via was a favorite! What a fun personality. I loved seeing him and Tele interact. Will be greatly missed.

Matt Stafford , South Jordan , UT, US Nov 18, 2022

I’m so grateful for knowing Via. He was so caring and fun. Jim and I both considered him a friend.

Marsha Arnold , Springfield , MA, US Nov 18, 2022

I’m so grateful for knowing Via. He was so caring and fun. Jim and I both considered him a friend.

Marsha Arnold , Springfield , MA, US Nov 18, 2022

Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Wightman family over the loss of your husband and father. Via was an incredible man. May you all know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. I’m so happy we had the opportunity of knowing him here back in Chicopee.

Arlene Wytrych-Frasco , Chicopee, MA, US Nov 17, 2022

Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Wightman family over the loss of your husband and father. Via was an incredible man. May you all know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. I’m so happy we had the opportunity of knowing him here back in Chicopee.

Arlene Wytrych-Frasco , Chicopee, MA, US Nov 17, 2022

Golf lost a great man, teacher , and we all lost a friend George field

George field , Southhadley, MA, US Nov 16, 2022

Golf lost a great man, teacher , and we all lost a friend George field

George field , Southhadley, MA, US Nov 16, 2022

So sorry to hear of Via’s passing. We will forever remember his wonderful smile and the way he had of making everyone feel happy and welcome. Such fond memories of his performances at the HuKeLau! Condolences to y’all.

Cathy & Fran Vancour , Smiths Station , AL, US Nov 14, 2022

May the Lord provide the peace and solace to the family of my good friend.

Pedro Vazquez , Chicopee, MA, US Nov 14, 2022

Godspeed Via, may the Lord bless you and your family until you are all reunited. You are well loved Sir.

Cynthia Mulcahy , Springfield , MA, US Nov 14, 2022

Via’s life was always guided by kindness.

He lived his beliefs and was rewarded.

We are glad to be counted as part of his family.

He was a wonderful guy.

Now every drive will be in the fairway.

May God bless.

Myra & Paul Reynolds , Southington, CT, US Nov 14, 2022

Via, You were a most generous and kind role model for my sons at HCC. I am most grateful for having had you be there for them. Our thoughts and prayers to your family; although your loss is grave, know this: the impression you made on us all is indelible. RIP, my friend. Ted and Susan Williamson

Ted Williamson Nov 14, 2022

Via touched our entire family’s lives in so many ways. Condolences to the Whitman family. He will be in our hearts forever…Godspeed Via!!

Nancy & Donnie Alexander , Easthampton , MA, US Nov 14, 2022

So sorry to hear of Via's passing. Played golf several times with Via, as partners and competitors. Always a gentleman. Don't think anyone had anything negative to say about Via. Very well respected amongst the golf community in Western Mass. Thoughts and prayers to Tele, Sara, Julie and the entire Wightman family. RIP partner!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Ted Perez Jr , Westfield , MA, US Nov 14, 2022

Always a smile, a kind word, joy for life, and dedication to his family, Via will be missed by all his CT Section PGA friends. Rest in peace our friend.

Gary Reynolds , Farmington, CT, US Nov 14, 2022

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