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Elmer Craton Langford

November 3, 1926 ~ March 12, 2021 (age 94)

Obituary

Elmer was born in Wellington, Texas November 3, 1926, he was the third child in a family of 12. He is survived by sisters Sue, Billy Jo, Margie and Bobby, and a younger brother Douglas.

 

At age 10 the family moved from Texas to Mesa, Arizona where he became a farmer, dairyman and a good mechanic. He attended Mesa, AZ Schools played football and made many friends including Mildred Bloomer who he met in high school.

 

World War II came along in 1941 but he was too young to go into the military until November 3, 1944, when he and a boyhood friend Leon joined the Merchant Marines.

Elmer and Leon served until the end of the war, he was in Okinawa, Japan on a ship when the war ended.

 

Upon returning to Mesa, AZ after the war he again noticed a beautiful girl named Mildred and they were soon married on April 19, 1946. Mildred and Elmer moved their new family of three children Steve, Susan and Mark to Colorado where three more children were born David, Julie and Eric.

 

Elmer was again doing the things he loved to do, farming and raising animals. He rented and purchased land and for 40+ years farmed and raised a family.  At the time of his death 3/12/2021 he still owned the majority of that land and always loved growing things and fixing the equipment he used.

 

Mildred and Elmer met in a Baptist Church youth group meeting, and where ever they were they made sure the family went to church. Both of them were lifelong members of the Gideons International giving out Bibles to many people throughout their lives.  If a church was not available in the rural area they were in, he would start one. He was also busy as a founding board member of the San Juan Bible Camp in Mancos, CO.

 

His last 20 years were spent in Laurel, Montana working with his son-in-law Richard Guffey fixing and repairing heavy equipment in his business. He was a big asset, well into his 90’s.

 

Mildred his beloved wife passed away in 2014, she was always called “Lovey” by Elmer and now they are together again.

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