Solomona T. “Sol” Tuia of Hermiston, Ore., former longtime resident of The Dalles, Ore., died on September 22, 2015 in Hermiston, Ore., at the age of 64. He was born on December 12, 1950 in Fagasa, American Samoa to parents, Tapuni and Siapati Tua Tuia. Sol was raised in Samoa and Hawaii before moving to San Francisco, Calif. He worked as a welder in the shipyards. Sol was united in marriage to Magnolia Crichton on August 12, 1977 in Redwood City, Calif. They started their family in San Francisco and then moved to The Dalles, Ore., in 1988. Sol worked as a welder for Northwest Aluminum in The Dalles for several years before retiring. In 2012 he moved to Hermiston, Ore., where he has lived since. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Boilermakers Union Local 6. Sol enjoyed fishing, card games, landscaping, playing the lottery, Christmas light competition, watching the 49er’s & Beaver football teams, & watching his grandchildren play sports.
He is survived by his wife: Noli Tuia, Hermiston, Ore.; father: Tapuni Tuia; sons: Adrian Tuia Sr. (Addie), Hermiston, Ore., Lamont Crichton-Tunai (Amy) & Matthew Tuia (Kaeley Schultz), all of The Dalles, Ore., Patrick Tuia, Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers: Ben Tuia (Geraldine), Frank Tuia, Patrick Tuia (Annie); sisters: Alofa Afoa (Pasi), Esther Sipi (Gabe), & Vaaia Gaines (Robert); grandchildren: Adrian Jr., Tama, Ami, Manatu, Keiliani, Kaleyah, Manuia, & Taylor.
Sol was preceded in death by his mother, Siapati Tuia.
A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at The Dalles Seventh Day Adventist School, 3339 E 13th, The Dalles, OR 97058.
Contributions/Meá alofa can be made to Noli Tuia at the residence of George & Annette Crichton, 2715 W. 7th Sp. 65, The Dalles, Oregon 97058 beginning on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Please sign the online guest book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.
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