Mongkol Tungmala passed away on January 18, 2009, at his home in Mountain Green, Utah. He had fought a brain tumor for a few years prior to succumbing to it.
He was the 4th native Thai to serve a full time mission (1973-1975). He taught many Thai missionaries the Thai language at the Language Training Mission in Laie, Hawaii, before becoming a missionary himself.
For a career he selected teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and Educational Administration. He worked in the Jordan and Granite School districts in the Salt Lake Valley. He developed programs for ESL and also taught others these skills at Weber State University (Ogden, Utah) and for a brief period at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Arizona).
Mongkol was always focused on what was most important. He was never given to "light hearted activities" or "goofing off".