Elden was born July 1, 1936, on the Bautz family farm near Middle Lake. He was the 6th of 13 children born to Gustav and Emma (nee Egert) Bautz. Elden attended nearby Macintosh School from grades 1-8 and was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church. From very early on, Elden spent his time doing meaningful and often very hard work. Growing up with his many brothers and sisters, he learned the values that he would carry with him for the rest of his life. After school Elden spent several years working on the farm for Harold and Ralph Griffin. He then went on to work for the RM of Three Lakes and Kirsch Construction. Elden and his brother Lorne also spent winters hauling pulp wood for Waskesiu Holdings. As well as owning and operating Bautz Trucking Ltd, Elden went on to work for GW (George Wilson) Construction until his retirement. When not on the road, Elden spent his time fixing and fabricating in his shop. He would often say: “There is no such thing as can’t. If man built it, man can fix it”. In 1968, Elden married Marie Fau of St. Brieux, SK, and they had four children. Elden was married to Marie for over 51 years. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren deeply. Elden loved to visit, play cards and spend time with his family. He took great pride in his family and his work.