The CEO of Micron Technology, Steve Appleton, died in a small plane crash today in Boise, Idaho. He was 51.
Appleton worked at the company since 1983, starting on the night shift production line. He died piloting a Lancair experimental aircraft around Boise.
He is survived by his wife Dalynn and his children.
Micron is a major semiconductor supplier and most notably built a number of memorable laptops and hard drives during the early days of the dot com years. The company currently produces the Crucial and Lexar memory lines, among other hardware.