September 22, 2023
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Obituary: Lynn Hogan, Pleasant Holidays co-founder and Ventura County philanthropist


The Hogan family has announced the death of Pleasant Holidays co-founder Lynn Hogan at age 92.

According to a post from the magazine Travel Weekly, she died Nov. 24 in Thousand Oaks, and her death was announced in mid-December.

Lynn and Ed Hogan
(courtesy Hogan Family Foundation)

With her husband, Ed Hogan, she founded a small travel agency in Point Pleasant, New Jersey in the 1950s, using $10,000 in savings.

The company later moved to Southern California, where it changed its name to Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays and grew exponentially amid the rapid expansion of interest in travel to the Hawaiian Islands.

The company developed tours worldwide, and under the Pleasant Holidays banner it was generating $500 million a year in revenue when it was sold in 1998 to the Auto Club of Southern California.

Since the sale, the family’s focus has been philanthropy, and the The Hogan Family Foundation has been a major contributor to philanthropic causes in Ventura County, including founding the Gardens of the World on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

She is survived by Ed Hogan and their four children as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.