He was born on the family homestead in the Whitepine, Mont. area on May 17, 1924 to Frederick Arthur Foote and Amirilla Coburn Smith Foote.
Elmer attended school in Thompson Falls and then worked as a mechanic at the Bremerton shipyard repairing military transport before returning to the Whitepine homestead. He was gifted mechanic and was even called on once to help with the turbines at the Thompson Falls dam facility.
He was a handy man who loved music and his God. He enjoyed being a photographer. Known as “Uncle Elmer” by many family friends he liked to tinker with bikes and motors for the benefit of others. Many also enjoyed his musical talents with his guitar and voice.
Elmer enjoyed travelling to California in the winters with his good friends Del and Jane Simmerman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Martha May Taylor and Elsie Louise Golden and a niece Bonnie Fae Weisse.
He is survived by his sister Wilma Edna Foote of Trout Creek and many nieces nephews including John (Kathy) Golden, Jim (Connie) Golden, Dale and Dean Golden, Colleen (David) Schmersal, Glen (Becky) Taylor and Gina (Anthony) Tanner and also many great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held Dec. 11 at Whitepine Community Church with burial following in the Whitepine Cemetery.