Alisa “Al” Samuel Jessop

6/15/1959 ~ 6/30/2019

JessopAlisaCropIn 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

10 Responses to “Alisa “Al” Samuel Jessop”

  1. Sykes says:

    We love you very much Al! Thank you for the memories. Our condolences to you Kim and ohana.

  2. Annette Alexander says:

    Everyone at Provo Canyon School loves Al. He has been one of the best staff members in keeping students respectful and in line, and showing them how to be happy and live a great life. He supported the academic program and recreational therapists, helping keep good discipline and order at the school. Al has been known to be completely kind and selfless as he helped students go on field trips, campouts, and other adventures. He will be sorely missed. Love and prayers to the family and friends of Al Jessop. What a wonderful man. What a wonderful life.

  3. Michael Olds says:

    I am a teacher at Provo Canyon School. Al was our main support during the school day with our students. He always knew what to do and say when students needed guidance and direction. I am really going to miss not having him at school as the main student life supporter. He can not be replaced.

  4. Scott, Mandi Jones and boys says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Al’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Karter especially wants Isaac to know he is thinking of him.

  5. Deloris says:

    Kimberli, I am so sorry for this huge loss for you and your family! Lots of prayers for you all.

  6. Barney’s, Hayley & Cherise says:

    We will miss hearing his testimony and his sweet and caring spirit.

  7. We will miss hearing his testimony and his loving caring spirit

  8. Tammy Raymond says:

    So sad to hear of your husbands passing. I hope you and your Family can find peace and comfort at this very difficult time. Know that you and your Family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Dan Doxey says:

    Al and I stood on the sidelines watching Timpview football for many games. He was always fun to talk to, had a great personality, knew the boys playing and knowledge of the game. What a loss–he was (and is) a great man.

  10. Jen & Fred Atkinson says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Fred & Jen Atkinson & family