Micron Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Appleton, passed away this morning after a small plane he was piloting crashed at an airport in Boise, Idaho. Appleton, 51, joined Micron not long after his graduation in 1983. He started out on the factory floor and worked his way up to the top when, at age 34, he became the third youngest CEO in the Fortune 500.
“Steve’s passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large,” Micron said in a statement on its website.
According to an AP report, Appleton was also a professional stunt plane pilot and former motocross racer. On July 8, 2004, Appleton crashed a stunt plane and sustained several injuries, including a punctured lung and broken bones.
The accident that proved fatal involved a Lancair single-engine experimental propeller plane. Appleton was the only in the plane when it crashed.