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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Jayne Neches Simon
October 19, 2014
Jayne Neches Simon
July 22, 1948 – October 19, 2014
Music industry executive, Jayne Neches Simon, passed away peacefully after a heroic battle with lung cancer at her Marina del Rey home on October 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving husband Norm Simon, dedicated friends Janice Whiffen, Shelley Heard and Susan Maiorano and her devoted dog Magic.
Born and raised in Cedarhurst, Long Island, Jayne was the daughter of the late Roz and Sy Neches. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1970, Jayne embarked on a long career in the music industry.
Jayne’s career spanned several decades beginning as a disc jockey in Chicago at WYEN in 1971 — a time when radio was traditionally a male dominated profession. Soon after, A&M relocated her to Los Angeles where she began her tenure in the record business with the A&M family from 1976 to 1989. Jayne continued as a pioneer in the music industry holding positions as General Manager at Zoo Entertainment, SVP Sales at Geffen Records, SVP Sales & Marketing for MCA and in 2007 formed her own company, Artist Garage, with Mike Regan. During her career Jayne worked with artists such as Lani Hall, Herb Alpert, Janet Jackson, Styx, Mary J. Blige, Sting (solo), Police, Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, Nirvana and Elton John.
Jayne met her husband Norm in 1982 and lived in Marina del Rey until they began living full time in Park City Utah in 2008. In Park City Jayne remained involved with music working with the Park City Jazz Foundation. She also learned to snow ski and play golf which became her passions.
Jayne – wife, stepmother, grandmother, sister and friend who was loved dearly by everyone who met her – is survived by husband Norm, her brother Bob (Mimi), son Michael, daughter Cami and son-in-law Morris , grandchildren Jensen, Dustin, Chase, Gregory and Sydney, brother-in-law Roger (Diane), dog Magic and all her loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to:
Lung Cancer Foundation of America
15 South Franklin Street
New Ulm, MN 56703