The Utah construction industry is mourning the loss of Dale Campbell, 68, one-time president and recent executive vice president of marketing and development for Ogden-based R&O Construction. Campbell died unexpectedly on December 5.
“Dale’s caring way and many talents leave a large hole to fill,” R&O’s management said in a statement. “But please know that R&O will move forward with Dale’s number one priority, which is taking care of our clients and community. We thank each of you who played a role in working with Dale to build what is truly a lasting legacy here at R&O."
Campbell had more than 42 years of experience in the development and construction industry and had worked at R&O for more than 25 years, serving as president from 2004 until early 2014 when he stepped into the vice president’s role.
Rich Thorn, president and CEO of the Utah AGC, called Campbell a “go-to” guy for his service on numerous committees over the years on the association’s board of directors.
“The construction industry has lost a dear friend. He was a wonderful role model and mentor to many who chose to make a career in construction,” said Thorn. “Whether it was work on committees, community giving or philanthropy, he was a great example of giving and serving with kindness.”
Chris DeHerrera, president and CEO of the Utah chapter of the ABC, praised Campbell’s contributions to the industry and wider community as well.
“I was fortunate to have worked with Dale in a professional as well as charitable capacity. His contribution to our industry reaches back nearly 40 years. His involvement with the many boards, committees and associations he worked with and was a part of made our industry a better place. He was a gentle and kind person, and his leadership will be greatly missed in our community.”
Recently, Campbell had been instrumental in the fundraising for and construction of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Salt Lake City. R&O is serving as general contractor for the 41-room, hotel-like facility, which provides free, temporary housing for those receiving cancer treatment at area hospitals.
Thorn noted that in working with subcontractors and designers, Campbell had helped secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations of materials and services for the Lodge.
Pam Higginson, vice president and Hope Lodge campaign director for the American Cancer Society Great West Division, said committee members are looking for a way to formally recognize Campbell’s contributions at the Lodge before construction is complete in July.
In addition to work and service in the construction industry, Campbell served in Weber County government and on boards at his alma mater, Weber State University.