I would like to adjourn tonight’s meeting in memory of Lisa Jaserie, a well-known figure in our community and board member of Friends of Hart Park, who passed away on July 25th.
Lisa was born in Los Angeles on New Year’s Day 1938 as Obee Jane Hamblen to Stuart and Suzy Hamblen. If the name Stuart Hamblen is familiar, it is because he was a nationally syndicated radio host in the early ‘50s and finished 4th in the 1952 Presidential Election to Dwight Eisenhower as the Prohibition Party candidate.
Stuart Hamblen is also an honoree on our Walk of Western Stars, having been inducted in 2013.
Lisa grew up no stranger to radio. From the age of six she was regularly featured on her father’s radio shows, including “Stuart Hamblen and His Lucky Stars” and “The Cowboy Church.” She and her sister Veeva recorded “Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In,” which reached Number 7 on the Billboard Top 100 chart when they were in high school.
Lisa graduated from Hollywood High School and attended UCLA before marrying William Walter Lindsay in 1959. She remarried in 1966, to Joseph C. Jaserie, and worked with her parents at the Hamblen Music Company, which was based in Hollywood before it moved to Santa Clarita in the mid-1970s. She later became the company’s CEO in 2008.
Lisa was known for raising champion Peruvian Paso horses on her parents’ ranch in Santa Clarita, which you could see her riding in the Rose Parade for more than 25 years. Rather than retiring, Lisa remained active in our community and dedicated her time to family and supporting Hart Park.
Our thoughts are with Lisa’s sister Veeva, sons Bill and Bob, daughter Kim, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends during this time. Her impact on Santa Clarita has been profound and we will all miss her.