David Johnson, one of three cousins who founded Polaris Industries in 1954, died Oct. 9, 2016, in Roseau, Minn. He was 93.
Along with Edgar and Allan Hetteen, Johnson began the company by producing agricultural products. Partially out of a desire to reach wintertime cabins, the company built its first snowmachine in 1956. Johnson later said that while the company did not invent the snowmachine, it was the first to successfully market them to consumers.
Johnson was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 1999. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eleanor, and their children, Rodney, Mary, Mitchell and Aaron.