Raytheon SAS president Jon C. Jones, 55, dies suddenly

Jon C. Jones, president of El Segundo-based Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, died suddenly over the weekend from an apparent heart attack, it was reported today. He was 55.

Jones died at 8:46 p.m. Saturday at Sherman Oaks Hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department, the Daily Breeze reported. A cause of death was not available because an autopsy had not yet been conducted.

In 2005, Jones was appointed president of SAS, a major business of Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon Co.

The Encino resident, an avid Harley-Davidson rider known for his folksy manner, headed an organization that employs about 7,400 people locally and 12,400 worldwide. The business designs and makes avionics and sensors for fighter jets, satellites and other systems.

The local sector is one of several at Raytheon Co. that helps develop technologies for the nation's anti-ballistic missile systems programs, according to the Breeze.

"Jon was a valued contributor to Raytheon for 33 years, an outstanding leader within our company, industry and community, and a dear friend," Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson said in a statement reported by the Breeze.

Jones grew up in the San Fernando Valley, earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cal State Northridge and a master's degree in engineering management at UCLA.

In an interview Monday, daughter Alexis Jones of West Hollywood told the Breeze that her father had been "in very good health" with no history of heart trouble. Funeral services for Jones, who is survived by a second daughter, Ashley, will be private, she said.

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