Dear Haiti Mission Alumni,
It was interesting to learn that there is the possibility of hearing about the Haiti Mission and the activities in Haiti on the Internet. I hope we can use this media to keep those concerned up-to-date on what's happening and let them know of coming events. Perhaps, also, this media will be a way for us to get the addresses, telephone numbers, and news of the missionaries who have for a long time been lost as to locations.
James and Anita Arrigona:
Please keep us advised as how we can help.
- Mission President in Belgium and France 1977-1980
- Mission President in Haiti 1984-1986
- Missionary Couple in Greece 1988-1989
--James and Anita Arrigona
James Shelby Arrigona, born January 28th, 1917 in Eureka, Utah to Peter Arrigona and Lucy Williams, died peacefully at his home in Salt Lake City early on May 14th.
He was a self made man, an inspiring leader, an avid teller of stories, a stirrer of souls, a champion of missionary work, a tireless servant to his church and family. Always enthusiastic in his endeavors, he was eloquent in his speech and writing, passionate in his beliefs, and deeply interested in the world and its diverse people. He had an infectious smile and magnetic personality. He loved to laugh and be surrounded by others, and delighted in and enjoyed the beautiful and good things of life, particularly good food. His entire life he sought excellence in all things.
He served 4 missions for the LDS Church, first at age 17, then as a mission president in Belgium, and again in Haiti, and lastly serving a mission in Greece with his wife, Anita. He studied at the University of Utah and did doctoral work at Columbia University and the Sorbonne, in Paris. He met his wife, Anita Calliope Kehaya, in Paris and stayed in Europe for many years to raise their four children before returning to Utah.
He is survived by his wife, Anita, their four children, and six grandchildren. He remains deeply imprinted in the memories and hearts of his family, his friends and hundreds of former missionaries and LDS Church members throughout the world. Everywhere, he was loved and will be deeply missed.
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