Lloyd S. Furniss
Scope and Content
This collection consists of 40 small boxes of negatives. The date range is 1956-1995. These are negatives from Lloyd Furniss’s photography business and not related to his years as Idaho State University photographer. The bulk of the collection focuses on studio portraits, weddings, and commercial photography. Also included in the collection is an inventory of the negatives.
Obituary from The Idaho State Journal (February 2, 2011)
Lloyd S. Furniss, longtime Pocatello resident and for many years the most visible photographer in town, clicked his camera shutter for the last time on the morning of Saturday, 29, 2011.
He was born in Ogden, Utah, on January 24, 1918, the oldest of eight children born to Bryant J. and Winifred Ohlson Furniss. After attending Ogden schools he enlisted in the Army. He completed Ranger training and fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II, remaining away from home and family for four years.
When the war ended, Lloyd, who was a very fine artist and illustrator, thought he would become a commercial artist. He attended art school in Chicago, working evenings as a lens grinder to provide for his family. As he worked with lenses, he “saw the light,” and decided he would pursue a career in his first love, photography.
In 1951, Lloyd came to Pocatello “to see the mountains: and became chief photographer for the Idaho State Journal. In 1958 he accepted a position on the staff at Idaho State College (later Idaho State University) as a photographer. From 1958-1959, he was the only photographer employed by Idaho State, working up to 70 hours a week.
During his 25 years at Idaho State he attended virtually every major event on campus. Took photographs of every student for the yearbook, and became its most visual chronicler of campus life. His photographs appeared in Life Magazine, Collier’s American Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. One of the Highlights of his photography experiences was a four-hour photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe.
Prior to his retirement, Lloyd completed a bachelor’s degree in American studies, taking one class a semester for many years. In addition to his work for the university, Lloyd had a commercial photography business. This business led him to weddings and family reunions, and brought him in contact with leaders of business and government, and icons of the entertainment industry.
In addition to his love of photography, Lloyd loved to read great literature. His library is filled with books that he cherished. His daily journal, kept over many decades, demonstrated a gift for writing in a style that mimicked the great authors he loved. He enjoyed hiking especially in the mountains; swimming, great music in all genres, travel, and the company of bright successful people, whatever their talents may be.
He married Mona McKinsy and they had one son, Stephen. They later divorced. Lloyd married Carol Chester in 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Together they had three children, Peggy M. (Robert) Lee, of Pocatello, Idaho, Mark C. (Julie) Furniss, currently living in Daejeon, Korea, and Wayne (Kelly) Furniss, of Madisonville, Tennessee. His son, Stephen (Pam) Furniss, resides in Pleasant Valley, Utah.
When his wife, Carol passed away, Lloyd moved back to Ogden, where he married Patricia Winchell.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers (Kenneth and William) and two sisters (Lola and Eileen), and his wife, Carol. He is survived by two sisters, (Ardell and Priscilla); one brother, (Robert); his wife, Patricia; four children, 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Box Inventory List
Series 1 Negatives
|Box 14||1970 (January-June)|
|Box 15||1970 (July-December)|
|Box 17||1972 (January-July)|
|Box 18||1972 (Agust-December)|
|Box 25||1979 (January-July)|
|Box 26||1979 (August-December)|
|Box 33||1986 (January-July)|
|Box 34||1986 (August-December)|
|Box 41||Contains binder with inventory of boxes|
Last Modified 08/23/2011 kk