Trisha Leigh Hogan Masen

August 11, 2009

By Contributor

Trisha Masen

Trisha Masen

Trisha Leigh Hogan Masen died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at her home in Issaquah. She was 37.Services were held Aug. 11 followed by a graveside service at Upper Hillside Cemetery. Family and friends celebrated her life after the services at Temple B’nai Torah, Bellevue.

Trisha was born Sept. 4, 1971, in Oxnard, Calif., the daughter of Richard and Karen Hogan. She spent her elementary school years in Oxnard before moving to San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1983, and graduating from San Luis Obispo High School in 1989. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Davis in 1993.

Trisha married Jim Masen on Oct. 10, 1998, in Philadelphia. She celebrated the birth of her only child, a daughter, Jocelyn Masen, in January 2000. The Masens moved to Issaquah in January 2008.

Trisha was employed as a legal assistant with Savitt and Bruce Law Firm in Seattle. She enjoyed creative writing, reading, traveling, teddy bears, computer science, learning about history and politics, and she was an avid Major League Baseball fan. Trisha was known for her wicked sense of humor and memorable laugh. She had a compassionate and loving personality, and her writing and blogs attracted numerous friends and admirers throughout the United States. Her greatest accomplishment was her beautiful daughter, Jocelyn.

Trisha is survived by her husband Jim Masen, of Issaquah; daughter Jocelyn Masen, of Issaquah; parents Richard and Karen Hogan, of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; sister Stephanie Hahn (Gregory), of Round Rock, Texas; brother Mark Brandt (Michelle), of Moreno Valley, Calif.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends throughout the country.

The family suggests remembrances in her name be made to the American Diabetes Association (800-342-2383 toll-free), the Lupus Foundation of America (202-349-1155) or Sempervirens Fund’s Plant a Tree program (650-968-4509).

Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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