02/25/1943 ~ 02/06/2017
Elmer Farrell Downs Sr. passed away Monday, February 6th. Elmer was born in Idaho Falls to
Elmer Ned Downs and Iris Stevenson. He had six sisters and two brothers. Elmer was in the
United States Army in the 60’s and enjoyed telling tales of riding around in the tanks he fixed.
Once discharged, Elmer spent many years in New York as a mechanic before moving back to
Utah to start his family with Fran Downs. They had six children; Angela (Aidan), Elmer Jr.,
Elizabeth (Jeremy), Elyse (Cortney), Ericka and Erin, and 4 grandchildren Lily, Arya, Seth, and
Elmer and his family, otherwise known as ‘The Downs Family’ were involved in volunteer work
at St. Francis Xavier for many years. From mowing the lawn to painting walls, cleaning
classrooms, running Thursday night bingo there was almost always a Downs Family member to
be found in the Church and School. We all have so many wonderful memories from the time
spent together at St. Francis Xavier. Elmer was a member of the Knights of Columbus for as long
as all of us can remember and was Head Knight for many years. He met many wonderful friends
through his membership.
After almost twenty years of working for Coca-Cola Elmer went to work at Skaggs Catholic
Center as the Property Manager. He made many lifelong friends and enjoyed watching the new
Catholic Center grow and thrive.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 17th at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4501
West 5215 South Kearns, Utah 84118. Friends and family may gather at the church beginning at
1:00 pm. There will be a luncheon following the mass held by the Knights of Columbus. In lieu of
flowers please consider donating to St. Francis Xavier Church and School. Elmer’s children are
all so grateful for everything St. Francis Xavier provided and continues to provide to the Catholic
Community here in Utah.