Lloyd S. Furniss

MC 127

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 # Coverage
  Box 1 1956-1957
  Box 2 1958
  Box 3 1959
  Box 4 1960
  Box 5 1961
  Box 6 1962
  Box 7 1963
  Box 8 1964
  Box 9 1965
  Box 10 1965-1966
  Box 11 1967
  Box 12 1968
  Box 13 1969
  Box 14 1970 (January-June)
  Box 15 1970 (July-December)
  Box 16 1971
  Box 17 1972 (January-July)
  Box 18 1972 (Agust-December)
  Box 19 1973
  Box 20 1974
  Box 21 1975-1976
  Box 22 1976
  Box 23 1977
  Box 24 1978
  Box 25 1979 (January-July)
  Box 26 1979 (August-December)
  Box 27 1980
  Box 28 1981
  Box 29 1982
  Box 30 1983
  Box 31 1984
  Box 32 1985
  Box 33 1986 (January-July)
  Box 34 1986 (August-December)
  Box 35 1987
  Box 36 1988-1989
  Box 37 1990
  Box 38 1991
  Box 39 1992-1993
  Box 40 1994-1995
  Box 41 Contains binder with inventory of boxes

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