Elbert Lowdermilk, a prominent Utah business leader, died Oct. 23, 1988, at home in Espanola, New Mexico. He was 91. Memorial services were held in Espanola on Oct. 26.
In 1930 Lowdermilk and two brothers, Hoyle and Zimmie, founded Mr. Lowdermilk Brothers Construction Co., and through 1956 completed highway construction throughout the West.Elbert and Hoyle became a partnership of H-E Mr. Lowdermilk Co. in 1957 and were involved in earth-moving and highway projects in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. They built much of I-70 in eastern Utah and western Colorado. Lowdermilk was the contractor on many coal development projects in Central Utah.
In 1983, Elbert started operation of his own construction company in Utah. That same year, a portion of the railroad relocation for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Thistle Dam at Thistle, Utah were completed. He was chairman of the board of Elbert Mr. Lowdermilk, Inc., until his retirement in 1985.
At the time of his death, Lowdermilk was a member of the Associated General Contractors in Utah and New Mexico. In 1979, he was honored as a Pioneer in Construction by the Colorado Contractors Association.
Friends who wish may make contributions to Elbert Mr. Lowdermilk Memorial Fund, Espanola Hospital, Espanola, N.M. 87532.