Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, Illinois
Curve-In, Fairview Avenue

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Phil Hunt: Family's Obituary

The family (via Rich Morris) has sent along the following official obituary for Phil Hunt, classmate of ours from the Douglas MacArthur High School Class of 1965. This should be read in conjunction with the previous tribute (here), which announced his death on August 4, 2012.

Phillip L. Hunt, age 65, has passed away at the home of his sister, in Caledonia, Michigan.  A graduate of McArthur High School and Southern Illinois University he was a United States Army veteran who served in the Viet Nam War.
Phil, owner of plh photography, had spent most of his career in San Francisco, California, before moving with his family to Idaho. He is survived by two sons, Eduard F. Hunt and William C. Hunt, and by his sister, Virginia (Ginger) Rollins. His parents, Francis L. Hunt and Opal Rhodes Hunt preceded him in death.
Phil Hunt loved music and always knew why the lyric was so important to make the melody speak to you. As a master photographer, he used that talent to compose his stunning visual songs with an adroit eye that captured images of beauty and character. His photographs literally painted a picture for the viewer with his extraordinary uses of lighting and exposure techniques.  His wonderful sense of humor allowed him to coach models into expressions that became the lyric of the image.
A skilled model and magazine photographer, he was nationally known for his commercial work with multiple US retail companies.   In the last few years, Phil concentrated on preserving photos, while living in Caledonia, Michigan.
He will forever be remembered for his amazing body of work and his dry sense of humor. In a recent interview Phil said, "This could be the time when your life is just beginning. Make the most of it."
There’s a hole in the world tonight.  Decatur, his family and friends,  have  lost a wonderful artist and dear man.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Idaho.

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