It is with great sadness that the family of Afa Eddie Taito announces his passing after a brief illness, on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the age of 61 years. Afa, who was known to many as Eddie, Taito, “T” or Uncle “T” was beloved by many. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elizabeth of 39 years, his son Steven and his wife Sarah, daughter Leilani and her husband Thomas Orr and his grandson Elijah Joseph Orr, and Travis Parkins and his wife Ella and four children. He was a devoted son, husband, father, brother, brother-in-law and Uncle. Preceding him in death was his oldest sister Cathy Taito. Eddie is survived and fondly remembered by his siblings, Komasi Agapay, Florence Sherry Sekio, Faatupu Taito, Malauulu-Peters, Mina Taito Malauulu Tuaolo, Peniamina Taito, Kurt Taito, Mafaufauga Norah Malauulu, Cathy Yolanda Taito Vaimauga and their spouses and children. Also, lovingly remembered by Sister-in-law Susan and Norbert Holzmann and their children. Brothers-in-law John Robert Corey, Daniel Corey and their families. Afa was born in American Samoa in 1957 to Dr. Afa Taito Malau'ulu and Dottie M. Taito. Eddie joined the US Army in 1974, spending the next 20 years traveling across the country and overseas . His duty stations included Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Ft. Lewis/McCord, WA, Ft. Gordon, Georgia and Vilseck, Germany. SSG Taito also was stationed at Camp Hovey/Casey South Korea where his Father-in-law was also stationed in 1950, and then his son in 2011. While stationed in Germany, Staff Sergeant Taito also was part of a deployment to Kuwait during the gulf war.. After honorably serving his country for 20 years, he retired to Chandler, Arizona. He went on to join the Maricopa County Sheriff's department in 1999 as a Detention Officer. In March of this year he retired with 19 years of service. Officer Taito served at many facilities including Madison, Tents, Towers, and Food Factory. Officer Taito enjoyed the friendship of many of his peers. He was well liked and respected by all those who worked with him. A funeral service in memory of Eddie will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the RichardsonFuneral Home, 2621 S Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona. Viewing at 09:30 – 10:30, service to follow at 10:30 – 11:30. Cremation to follow services.
Those who so desire may make memorial donation in memory of Eddie to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at mcsomemorialfund.com or to the DAV.org
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