Snow College football player and Sophomore Mafatini Taimane-Laititi Mafatini is dead. Mafatini passed away on Sunday, October 3, following a single-vehicle crash on a Utah highway.
His injuries were severe that he could not survive another hour after the crash.
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“Mafatini also know as “Mane” just graduated from Baldwin High School in May 2021. He was a young boy with a heart of gold and had a natural talent in Basketball and Football. He loved hanging out and spending time with his family and friends. Mane was always helping those around him. He would put his worries aside to help others. He was a leader, a team player, and someone you could always count on. He had this amazing smile that would light up anybody’s day. Mane will truly be missed and never forgotten.”
“We’ve received another update from Snow College regarding last night’s tragic incident. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and teammates of Mafatini.
From Snow College:
“UPDATE: Snow College Confirms Death of Student-Athlete
October 4, 2021 – Ephraim, UT – Last night, Mafatini Mafatini passed away from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident in Ephraim, Utah. Mafatini, a Snow College freshman, joined the Badgers this season as an offensive lineman. Prior to moving to Ephraim, Mafatini played football in Maui, Hawaii.
Snow College Head Football Coach Zac Erekson said, “We are extremely saddened by the news of Mafitini’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family back in Maui. Mafitini was such a bright light in this world. His smile and infectious laugh will be missed not only by our team but by all those who knew him. Again, we give our love and prayers for his family and for all those that were involved in this terrible accident.”
College officials were on-site and worked closely with local first responders. Snow College President Bradley Cook thanked them for their care and concern and expressed sympathy to Mafatini’s family, friends, and teammates. He said, “A tragedy like this shakes all of us. We appreciate those who have delicately handled this situation with competence and pledge our support to our coaches, players, and the Mafatini family during this difficult time.” Athletic Director Rob Nielson echoed President Cook’s comments: “Badger Football is a family, and we all are experiencing grief today. We will work together and take care of one another.”
Snow College student leaders are planning to gather in memory of Mafatini tonight at 8:00 on the Robert Stoddard Football Field, and some items have been placed at the entrance on the Terry Foote Stadium in his honor. Earlier this fall, the Maui News featured Mafatini in a news article and told of his experience at Snow College with a formal rival who became his teammate.”
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