Christian and Michelle Deaton Wiki – Biography
Christian and Michelle Deaton were biking on the Silverado Trail outside Napa around 11 a.m. Tuesday when a flatbed truck attempted to go around them at about 40 mph, according to The Oregonian. At some point, wood stacked in the bed of the 2018 Freightliner shifted so that some of the wood hung over the end of the truck and struck the Deatons, the newspaper said. Christian, 52, died at the scene. Michelle, 48, died at the hospital, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. The 55-year-old driver, a Vallejo man police did not identify, remained at the scene during the investigation, according to NBC. Police have not said whether he faces any criminal charges. Meanwhile, friends mourned the cheerful and adventurous couple, who had been married for 21 years and loved traveling and staying physically active. “Life was her hobby; there was never a time when they weren’t going to make the most of it,” Cholee Thompson, a friend who met Michelle during a group vacation, told The Oregonian.
Christian, 52, and Michelle, 48, years old.
Michelle was strong but prone to laughing, Thompson said. And she was always up for new experiences, whether it was going on a spontaneous hike, a bike trip, or kayaking. Meanwhile, Christian sang, danced and played electric guitar whenever he and his friends sat around listening to vinyl records, she said. “They shared a lot of love for each other,” Elizabeth LeMay, another friend of the couple who previously worked with Christian at Nike, told The Oregonian. “They were a couple you meet once in a lifetime.” Christian was vice president of product and merchandising at Nike Swim and Michelle was director of the EQ design studio, according to the Daily Mail. They lived in a million-dollar penthouse in Portland, the outlet said. The couple had been in Napa as part of a two-week road trip that included a series of concerts and stops in California and Las Vegas, the Daily Mail said. “They lived such a big life that the hole they left in all of us is just huge,” Thompson told The Oregonian. “Neither of them were perfect and they were always striving to be better,” she continued. “But they were actually pretty close to being perfect.”