Steve Appleton, CEO of Micron, dies in plane crash

Steve Appleton, CEO of Micron Technology, died in a plane crash today at the age of 51. He was piloting a Lancair aircraft around Boise, Idaho when the incident occurred shortly after takeoff. He had worked at the company, best known for the Crucial and Lexar brands, since graduating from Boise State University in 1983. He became COO in 1991 before taking over 3 years later. He leaves behind his wife and 4 children.

Micron’s Board of Directors

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Appleton, Micron Chairman and CEO, passed away this morning in a small plane accident in Boise. He was 51.

Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time.

Steve’s passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large.

The company expects to provide additional information later today.

Dave Bieter, Mayor of Boise

Steve Appleton was a dynamic leader who skillfully guided Micron through both prosperous and difficult times. He was a philanthropist and a great friend to Boise.

He will be remembered as a major force in Idaho history — a man who transformed our state’s economy by redefining what is possible for Idaho business. Idaho’s future will be brighter because of Steve Appleton. My heart goes out to his family and the employees of Micron around the world.