David Eli Johnson

The life of David Eli Johnson was celebrated in his hometown of Roseau Minnesota this past weekend. The high school auditorium was packed with family, friends, Polaris associates, Polaris management and many more. There was rarely a dry eye in the group as story after story of David Johnson was retold.

There was a reception at the Brick House and the Polaris Experience Center, where the stories, laughter and some tears continued. Later, David was laid to rest in the Malung Minnesota, not too far from Allan Hetteen and many other family members.

God Speed, David. As many have said before, “It would have been tough sleddin’ without you”. There certainly would have been no Starfire Kids, and no Midnight Blue Express. We will miss you.

A lot of people may not have known this, but David could be very mischievous. So is it a coincidence that a grave stone marked “Eliason” is right behind that of Allan Hetten’s family marker in a Malung, MN graveyard? And that there is another one with the name “Johnson” right there?

I think not.




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