6/15/1959 ~ 6/30/2019
In the early hours of Sabbath morning on Sunday, June 30, 2019, Alisa Samuel Jessop passed away at the age of 60 due to heart complications. He died in his home with his wife and children. We are deeply saddened and grieving for the loss of our husband, father, and friend.
Alisa, also known as “Al”, was born on June 15, 1959 in Aunu’u, American Samoa to parents Samuel Frank Jessop and Betty Patane. He was the third of their 11 children and has 7 sisters (Florina, Marta, Atisa, Peta, Sharon, Daisy, Temple) and 3 brothers (Steven, Alfred, Frankie).
Alisa was and will ever be known for his big and caring heart. He was always aware of others and willing to share whatever he had.
Growing up in the village of Motootua, Western Samoa, he was known to be very responsible for his duties in the home and very loyal to his family. He proved himself to be a hard worker at an early age by helping his dad on their plantation and working in the family business—a bus system that traveled around the island.
At 8 years of age, he was involved in a serious car accident that impacted him the rest of his life. While being hospitalized for 6 months, the doctors told his family that he would lose his leg. Alisa was strong and determined and despite the odds, was given a second chance at life. He had a subtle limp from then on, and due to the major concussion he suffered, his comprehension abilities were affected.
During his high school years, Al played intercollegiate sports at the Church College of Western Samoa (C.C.W.S.). He enjoyed track, rugby, boxing, and volleyball. He had a competitive spirit and a great love for sports.
Alisa served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the age of 17, from 1977 to 1979 in the Samoa Apia Mission. After his mission, he moved to Hawaii, and then to California. In 1981, he moved to Utah.
He met the love of his life, Kimberli Morley, in the Spring of 1991. They were married on August 26, 1996 in Provo, Utah, and later had their marriage solemnized in the Manti Utah Temple on June 28, 2002. They are the parents to 5 beautiful children—4 sons and 1 daughter:
Joshua Samuelu Morley Jessop (24) – Married to Madison Joyce Reese on April 12, 2018.
KeaLani Colleen Jessop (21); Andrew James Jessop (19); Ammon Alabati Jessop (17); Isaac Morley Jessop (15)
Al worked for the past 18 years at Provo Canyon School as a Student Life Mentor. He had great love and respect for his coworkers—they were not only his friends but his brothers. He had a gift of making friends wherever he went.
As his wife is from Moroni, Utah, Al grew to love Sanpete County and found a country boy side within him. He enjoyed camping, shooting, fishing, and helping his family with their needs.
He will be forever remembered for his love of good food and talent for making the best barbecue chicken.
Alisa loved the temple and went there often. He worked for 3 years in the baptistry at the Provo Utah Temple, and for the past 10 years, he and his wife Kimberli attended together every week on “Temple Tuesday.”
Al was very passionate in his testimony of Jesus Christ. He was fearless and bold in sharing the gospel with everyone. He served as the Ward Mission Leader twice, in two different wards. He was also known for his faithfulness in being a dedicated home teacher.
Alisa is survived by his mother (Betty), his wife (Kimberli), his children (Rachel, Vanessa, Devin, Joshua, KeaLani, Andrew, Ammon, Isaac), and siblings (Florina, Marta, Atisa, Peta, Steven, Alfred, Sharon, Frankie, Daisy).
Alisa Jessop’s Funeral services will be held Saturday July 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS church located at 1555 N 1350 W, Provo, UT 84604. Viewings will be held Friday July 5, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. prior to services both at the church. Interment in the Moroni City Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. Online condolence rasmussenmortuary.com