Polaris employees and Polaris riders worldwide are celebrating the life and mourning the passing of one of the company’s co-founders, David Johnson. Johnson passed away Oct. 8 in Roseau, Minn., after an extended illness. He was 93 years old.
Since he helped start Polaris in the early 1950s, Johnson focused his career on product engineering and manufacturing, and developed a deep connection with Polaris employees during his four-plus decades with the company. In the years following his retirement in 1988, he remained one of the faces of Polaris as he enjoyed visiting the Roseau manufacturing facility and often gave tours at the Polaris Experience Center.
“David Johnson embodied the Polaris culture and work ethic, and his positive impact on the company continues to inspire us today,” said Polaris Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. David was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 1999, and he received numerous honors from snowmachine clubs and associations worldwide.
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