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Goodbye, My Love

Alvin Lafaele Esene Salima was born in Hawthorne, California on August 20, 1962 to Papali’itele Tumusa Tolupeni Talitua Salima and Fa’ilepou Esene Salima. He attended Birney Elementary School, Stephen M. White Junior High and was a Carson High Colt until the day he shuffled off his mortal coil. After serving a mission in Papeete Tahiti he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he majored in Communications, played football and met his eternal sweetheart, Candace Salima. He is survived by Candace Salima (wife), Alexander Salima (brother), Angieline Tuia (sister), Masame Tito (brother), Salamasina Afalava (sister), Perenise Tuiafaiva (sister), Muamai Salima (sister), Saono Salima (sister), Logomai Vaifanua (Sister), Emmett Tela (brother), Goldie Alapati (sister), Tolupeni Salima. Jr. (brother), Marjorie Sapiga (sister), Brenda Seumalo (sister), Kristian Salima (brother) and Alvin Salima (brother). Alvin was preceded in death by his parents.

Alvin worked with troubled youth throughout his adult life, spending over a decade with the State of Utah Juvenile Justice System. He loved going to work and he loved the people he worked with. The measure of how successful he was as a counselor is in the untold number of times he ran across these youth as adults and they stop him where they find him to say, “thank you.”

Alvin’s life was personified by a great love for all he met, music, football, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People would travel long distances just to get a hug from Alvin Salima. His smile and laugh lit up a room, and the impact he has made on this big old world of ours is immeasurable. He was a devoted husband, brother and uncle. He had a wicked streak of sarcasm woven through his sense of humor and he and “da boys” loved to talk story. He loved almost nothing more than spending time with his beloved nephews and nieces.

Alvin left this mortal realm at 7:23 a.m. on the morning of September 17, 2014. His funeral services will be held on October 3, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1625 South Slate Canyon Drive in Provo, Utah.

Public viewing will be on the same day at 11:00 a.m. to Noon p.m.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Peni Malohifo'ou of Serenity Funeral Home.


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