Reflections of Life
Ekiumeni Afusia-Atuatasi, fondly called “Meni” was born November 6,
1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Tafu Lui Afusia and Aiulutuana Itaisi Afusia,
raised by The High Talking Chief Liava’a Tanu Atuatasi and Manuia Loa
Atuatasi. At the age of eleven, the family relocated to San Diego, CA where
he attended Bell Middle School. after graduating from Bell, Meni went on to
Morse High School where he excelled as an All-American Athlete. Meni
received numerous accolades including, induction into the San Diego Hall of
Fame, an offensive lineman who was part of the last 14 – 0 undefeated team
for the Morse Tigers, All Eastern League and a top state lineman. He
received a full-scholarship offer to USC and San Jose state where he made the
decision to commit.
Upon Meni’s return to San Diego, California he attended Southwestern
College where he earned his AA degree in Liberal Arts and met his best friend
and love of his life Rebecca Ann Horn. The two of them would date and
marry, August 22, 1998. There were three beautiful cubs born in their den,
Ekiumeni “Jr”, Remani “Mani” and Ramaya “Maya”.
Meni accepted Christ and was baptized March 17, 2013 at Bayview Baptist
Church. He was a soldier for Christ, eager to share the good news of Jesus
Christ with anyone who needed to hear it. An active member of the Deacon
and Parking lot ministries, he loved serving alongside his brethren. Meni, a
gentle giant, loved his family and everyone knew it. As his kid’s biggest
cheerleader and advocate, he did his best never to miss any of their events,
including helping his daughters achieve numerous cookie goals during their
girl scout careers. Meni left a great impression on everyone he encountered
and most recently his co-workers at Lincoln Military Housing.
As Meni’s health began to decline, his ministry grew as he reached out to
pray with as many as he could. God called him from labor to reward for his
faithfulness. He leaves to cherish his memories, his beautiful bride Rebecca,
his three cubs, Jr., Remani and Ramaya, his siblings Samson Atuatasi,
Josephine Avega (Sa Avega), Susan Atuatasi, Sione Atuatasi (Anna
Atuatasi), Nelson Atuatasi (Joann Atuatasi), Ben Atuatasi (Emma
Atuatasi), Houston Laupola (Christine Laupola) Tulei Tafu (Manuia Tafu)
Toaili Liva (Irene Liva) Tamilo Afusia (holly Afusia) and a host of family,
nieces, nephews and friends.
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