His mother and father were visibly grateful for the showing of support from the community. They said the large show of support for their son is a reflection of the kind of life he lived.
An emergency call was made at 3:15 p.m. after a portion of the ceiling 10 feet square and 22 inches thick fell over Elam’s head.
Numerous miners who were in the mine call Elam’s death a freak accident. They say all safety standards were in place.
Elam, who is a fourth generation coal miner, told his mother if he ever died early it would be in a coal mine.
Family and friends describe Elam as a man who always wore a smile. He enjoyed four-wheeling and riding his snow mobile.
One of Elam’s friends quipped, “Elam loved the small of two stroke oil.”
Elam leaves behind his wife Jaqlynn Jones. They were married in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Manti Temple.
Elam’s friend Ron hale said, “She made him happier than I’d ever seen him and that’s saying a lot.”
Elam also leaves behind two son’s named Kelsen and Dacyn. Friends and family say Elam couldn’t stop talking about his boys.
“I truly believe he knew life was going to be short and that’s why he lived everyday as if it was his last,” said Elam’s mother, Julie Jones.