Asoiva Fili, 79, of Tukwila, Washington passed peacefully on January 15, 2022. Born on July 3, 1942, to Taputapu Umupeni and Filimaua Aulaumea. Asoiva spent his childhood in the village of A’oloau American Samoa. The eldest of seven children, he was raised to be a proud Samoan man. At the age of 27, he relocated to Hawaii where he met Lydia Spencer. The couple wed on July 5, 1969 and wasted no time starting their family. Lydia gave him three sons; Asoiva Jr., Jeremiah K. and Matthew K. The Fili’s lived in Hawaii for over a decade before heading to The Pacific Northwest.
He was a hard working man. After dedicating over 21 years of service to King County Department of Juvenile Correction, Asoiva retired. He now had time to spend on things he loved. He visited his grandchildren often. He also enjoyed football, and was a lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan. He dined in good taste, always making time for infamous seafood buffets as well making time to try his luck at the casinos. He found joy in spending time with his long time friend, Magni Hinsee. Taking time to eat lunch together, followed by spending time at Saltwater State Park.
Asoiva is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Uatea Fesili, and a brother, Opapo Mafua. Asoiva is survived by his three sons, two brothers Mafua Mafua Jr., and Aigafealofani James, two sisters, Teuaililo Ueligitone and Toetu Mafua. “Papa Fili” as his grandchildren would call him, will be remembered as a kind, goofy and loving papa by his 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held in the fireside room at Columbia Funeral Home in Seattle, WA this Saturday the 29th, 2022 from 11-3.