A House Concurrent Resolution honoring the service for former House Representative Matagi Malotumau David Sialega Palepoi Mauga was presented at his funeral services Monday.
The former faipule passed away August 19, just a week shy of his 52nd birthday.
He entered politics in 2014 after winning a special election for Sua District #2. The following year he was re-elected but then lost in the 2018 elections.
A graduate of Samoana High School and the American Samoa Community College, Matagi went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice at the University of Hawaii,, Hilo.
He taught at Manumalo Baptist School for 10 years before joining the Office of the Attorney General as a legal assistant and investigator. He also served as Director of Consumer Affairs in the AG’s Office.
Matagi, the younger brother of Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga was a member of the Army Reserve and received an honorable discharge.
He is survived by his wife Mrs Sylvia Imeleta Sonoma Mauga and their son David.