We have received the sad news that Dale Blackwell, executive director of the California Rental Association and owner of Sacramento based Abba Dabba Rentals, died last week, he was 65. He passed away on Friday from complications following a severe traumatic brain injury.
Abba Dabba Rents was established by Blackwell’s father in 1957, and offers a wide range of equipment, including boom lifts, scissor lifts and telehandlers from two locations. He has also worked with the California Rental Association for more than 20 years, and is a past president, having served a two year term from 2003 to 2005. He has been executive director for almost 15 years.
He was also a member of the American Rental Association’s (ARA) Dues Committee from 2001 to 2002 and its Political Action committee from 2010 to 2012. He was also awarded the Region Nine Person of the Year award in 2002.
He is survived by his wife Victoria and five children, Kerri Costarella, Scott, Jeffrey, Randall and Jena, as well as his parents, Gene and Betty, siblings Bob, Dianne and Christine, and four grandchildren.