PHP Dennis J. Elder was born on January 17, 1978. He was born and raised in Montgomery Alabama. He has one sister and four brothers. He graduated high school in 1995. He joined the military in June 1997 and attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as a 63B Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic in Fort Jackson South Carolina. He earned a Master’s of Art in Psychology for Ashford University in 2017.
He joined Sunset Lodge # 76 PHA in February 1999. He became a member of Rio Grande Consistory #24 PHA in August 2000, and a member of Oro Temple #9 in October 2000. He served as the Worthy Patron for Rising Sun Chapter # 7 (OES) for the masonic year 2000.
In November 2002, He demitted into Unity Military Lodge # 92 Washington Jurisdiction PHA. He served as the Worshipful Master from October 2003 through November 2005. During his tenure Unity lodge # 92 received the following awards: Most improved lodge of the year, lodge of the year, secretary of the year, and worshipful master of the year. He became a member of Royal Arch MasonS PHA and Knight’s Templar PHA in 2003. He’s also a member of the American Legion Post # 832.
He moved back to El Paso, Texas and demitted back into Sunset Lodge # 76 in August 2009. He demitted into EL Paso Holy Royal Arch Masons # 90 in 2012. He held the office of Excellent High Priest for the 2014-2015 masonic year. During his tenure as high priest the chapter won the chapter of the year award, secretary of the year award, and Treasure of the year award.