Elmer attended South Popular School and Mennonite Educational Institute, Abbotsford. He graduated from University of British Columbia (UBC) and Oregon State University. He was an agronomist at University of Manitoba for 27 years with a 2 1/2-year stint conducting research in Kenya. He also taught on sabbatical at UBC. After retirement, Elmer returned to B.C., working in many countries with Canadian Executive Services Overseas and serving 6 years on the board of Logos Canada. In the past 8 years, his attention was on Basotho Building Lesotho, Africa. Many benefitted from Elmer’s mentorship: from students and farmers on the Canadian Prairies to entrepreneurs, community developers, and church planters in Africa. Elmer died suddenly from a massive heart attack.