Lloyd Garrison Cunningham Jr. took his last ride on March 24, 2018. Born December 7, 1926, Dad was a teacher, school administrator, pilot, jazz musician, world traveler, part-time bohemian, and a World War II veteran.
Born and raised in Turlock, Lloyd graduated from Turlock High School with the class of 1944. Shortly after being inducted into the Army, he married his high school sweetheart Patricia (Patty) Patten, a farm girl from Keyes. After graduating from San Jose State College, they began their family: Craig Cunningham (Cris) Taupo, New Zealand; Colleen “Coco” Shirley; and Kevin Cunningham (Jo) Turlock. Lloyd ultimately married twice more had two more children: Caleb Cunningham Hillsboro, Oregon and Carly Cunningham Portland, Oregon. Lloyd is also survived by three grandchildren: Josh Cunningham (Tracee), Lane Cunningham, and Neal Cunningham (Dani). He is preceded in death by his parents Lloyd Sr. and Carolyn, half-brother Irving, and daughter Coco.
Lloyd’s teaching/administrative career took him to Tuolumne City, Monterey, Seaside, Palo Alto, a one-room schoolhouse in the desert outside Burns, Oregon, and finally to Sisters, Oregon. Later in life, Lloyd volunteered for the Peace Corps and taught native children in Paraguay. He also traveled around the world and took many motorcycle trips within the U.S. on his beloved BMW and Harley bikes.
At the age of 85, Lloyd was diagnosed with dementia and spent the remainder of his life in the caring hands of Settler’s Park in Baker City, Oregon. It was Lloyd’s wish to be interred at Turlock Memorial Park near his parents. One of his final requests was to have inscribed on his gravestone: He Lived!! Job well-done, Dad and farewell.