Vernon O. Underwood Sr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Hollywood Park for 13 years and head of Young's Market Co., has died.
Underwood, 83, died Monday of a heart attack at the Los Angeles Country Club, according to a spokesman for his company.
First elected to the board of directors of the Hollywood Turf Club in 1952, Underwood became head of the horse-racing complex in 1972. After he retired under doctor's orders in 1985, he was named to the newly created position of chairman emeritus.
Born in Egan, S.D., Underwood joined Young's as a salesman in 1935. Marrying the boss' daughter, Adrienne Young, he rose through the ranks of the Los Angeles-based wholesaler of wines and spirits which was founded in 1888.