LINCOLN – Elwood Herbert Downs (Pop) passed away on April 14, 2014, in a Bangor Hospital. He was the son of Vinal and Clara Martin Downs and was born in Lincoln on Oct. 4, 1933.
In 1951, he bought a dump truck and thus began the start of his business. In 1963, he built his garage. The business has grown into what it is today with Pop at the helm for 63 years. Elwood H. Downs Inc. will continue on just as he would have expected but with a huge void.
Pop loved his gravel pit. He spent many happy hours there working hard and doing what he loved, screening gravel and then last summer he began a new adventure, which he was especially excited about. He acquired a rock crusher and began crushing rocks. He was looking forward to doing that again this summer.
For fifteen years, he and his wife, Diana, spent winters in Florida where they enjoyed warm weather and wonderful friends.
In addition to working outdoors, Pop also enjoyed playing outdoors, many great tales have been shared of trips to the Baskahegan hunting camp or flying to Rainbow lake to go fishing with his best friend, Ronald Thornton. He loved gardening. He grew wonderful vegetables and beautiful flowers. People enjoyed picking his raspberries and strawberries. He loved sharing all he had grown.
Pop loved his family and is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Diana Davis Downs and their three children, Daniel Elwood Downs, his wife, Cindy and Danny’s children, Traci, her husband, Danny, and her children, Laurie and Drew; his daughter, Danielle and her fiancee, Joe, his son, Dakota and his fiancee, Nicole, his daughter, Jane Downs Clifford and her husband, Greg and Jane’s children, Kristopher, Suzanne, Kelly, Ashlee and her boyfriend, PJ, his daughter, Ann Downs Burniece, her husband, Bruce and Ann’s children, Garrett, Johnathan, Caroline and Michael; four great-grandchildren, Drew, Laurie, Landyn and Georgia; one sister-in-law, Barbetta Davis Hardy and her husband, Spencer; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Chico. In addition to his parents, Pop was predeceased by a son, David, and five sisters, Lorraine, Maxine, Marjorie, Diane and Dorothy.
Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Michael Robinson officiating. Interment will be in Lincoln Cemetery later on. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Cancer Care of Maine. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at