William Zachary "Zach" Elder, 21, of Mineral Wells, Texas, tragically passed away on September 13, 2019, in Bryan, Texas.
Zach was the son of Scott and Carol Elder and was born in Portland, Oregon, but he and his parents soon moved to Mineral Wells. Zach grew up loving to play baseball, soccer, football and anything outside with his friends. If he was not playing with his friends, Zach was with his two younger sisters, Mia and Allee, who he adored. His childhood was full of wonderful memories, and Zach grew up loving the outdoors, whether it was skiing, fishing, hiking, rafting, biking, or body surfing. His love of the outdoors continued throughout his life.
Zach attended and graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 2016. While at MWHS, Zach was a member and letterman of the football team, soccer team and baseball team. Zach was also active in FFA and served as an FFA officer his senior year. His true love was being a part of a team where he could play alongside his friends. He and his family were members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where Zach served as an altar server for many years.
From an early age Zach wore Aggie Maroon and loved going to Texas Aggie Football games with his family. With both his parents being graduates of Texas A&M, Zach always wanted to be an Aggie, and he worked hard in high school to achieve his dream. While at Texas A&M, Zach majored in Petroleum Engineering and was an active member of the Aggie Club of Engineers. Zach truly loved his time at A&M, enjoying Aggie football games, tailgating and all of the Aggie traditions. He made many friends while at Texas A&M, and had just started his senior year, expecting to graduate in 2020.
Zach's life was all too short, but he leaves us with lasting memories of his kind and gentle heart, his warm smile and his love of family and friends.
Zach is survived by his parents, Scott and Carol Elder; and sisters, Amelia and Alleson, of Mineral Wells; grandfather, Bill Arneson, of Mineral Wells; grandfather Mike Elder, of Granbury; grandmother, Sue Elder, of Bellville; great-grandfather, Mel Elder, of La Grande, Oregon; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends throughout Texas and Oregon.
There will be a visitation at 6 p.m. and rosary at 7 p.m. for Zach at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Mineral Wells on Wednesday, September 18. Funeral service is 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish, 16250 Old Weatherford Road, Aledo, TX 76008, on Thursday, September 19.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to a scholarship fund that has been established in Zach's name at Community National Bank & Trust in Mineral Wells.
Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home
Published on September 16, 2019


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Robert Coens, Coppell, TX
Oct 21, 2019
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Elder, I was sad to hear from my son Robbie today about his long-time workout partner Zach. Robbie is not quick to reveal his emotions, and while he was sharing about extra stress lately from school and his bad sinus infection, he indicated that he is probably experiencing some depression too from mourning the loss of Zach. I am so very sorry for your loss . You both and Zach will be in my prayers for blessings and peace throughout the coming months and Christmas.
Steve Byars
Sep 21, 2019
So very sorry for you loss. My prayers for you all and God bless you and your precious son.
Angel, Ryan & Nathan
Sep 19, 2019
Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time.
Angel Ortiz
Sep 19, 2019
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Ana Kocurek
Sep 18, 2019
My thoughts and prayers
Roy and Linda Johnson
Sep 18, 2019
We just returned from a trip and heard of your loss tonight.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless your family.
Leanne and Mike Wells
Sep 18, 2019
The loss of a child has to be the worst. My mother’s heart breaks for you. I wish there were something to ease the grief. You are constantly in our thoughts.
Angela Golden
Sep 18, 2019
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Sep 18, 2019
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Betty Blakley
Sep 18, 2019
Praying for the family 🙏😢
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Sep 18, 2019
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Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
Sep 17, 2019
I have just enrolled Zach in 100 Masses to be offered for students (Seraphic Mass Association). I'll remember Zach (and all of the Elder family) in my daily Mass and Holy Hour intention, especially this Wednesday and Thursday.
Gregory May
Sep 17, 2019
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Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
Sep 17, 2019
Scott and Carol, I am so very sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your dear son. Be assured of my prayers for the repose of his soul and for the whole family at this sorrowful time.
Sharon and James Maitlen
Sep 17, 2019
There are no words to ease your loss. May God watch over you and your family. Love and prayers.
Bob and Tina Montgomery
Sep 17, 2019
So sorry Carol. I don't know what to say but, I'm sorry.
Brandon Moore
Sep 17, 2019
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Sep 17, 2019
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Curtis Henderson
Sep 16, 2019
May God be with you through this, and always guide you.
So sorry.
Linda taft
Sep 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss god bless you and your family
Mike Guglielmo
Sep 16, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Elder family for your loss.. I only had the chance to meet this young man a couple times.. RIP Zach 🙏
Mark and Maggie March
Sep 16, 2019
Scott and Carol and your whole family. Our hearts are breaking for you. Words can not express our deepest sympathy.

May God be with you now and always.
Dcn Michael Hoang
Sep 16, 2019
Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved son 'Zach'.
May the Lord grant him eternal life with our Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Atkins Family (Rowdy, Denise, Connor and Cooper)
Sep 16, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to your family during this time of tragic loss. Our prayers are with you.