A Filipino mission president serving in his native country passed away unexpectedly on March 9. President Giovanni Pelin Pangan, 48, was serving as the president of the Philippiens Iloilo Mission at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife and mission companion, Sister Nenette Locsin Mantes Pangan.
While no cause of death has been disclosed, Sam Penrod, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said they believed President Pangan passed due to a heart attack.
The Pangans are from the Legazpi, in the southern portion of the island of Luzon. They had been serving in the Iloilo Mission, centered on the island of Panay, since 2019.
According to the Church Newsroom, President Pangan was born in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines and served as a counselor in a stake presidency, branch president, high councilor, bishopric counselor, institute teacher, and missionary in the Philippines Cebu Mission. Prior to full-time church service, he was the owner of Icare Marketing.
Other than his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter.