Rodney Hall
1937 - 2019
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November 22, 1937 - June 14, 2019 Rodney Allen Hall, 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Reno, Nevada on June 14, 2019 from complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Rod was born in South Gate, California on November 22, 1937. He graduated from Perris High School in Perris, California in 1956. Rod married Donna Lee Bennett on December 6, 1959 in Hemet, California; they were married 59 years. Rod began his off-road racing career in 1964 as a privateer in his personal Jeep CJ-5. By 1969 he was hired on as a full-time driver with the Bill Stroppe team to drive a 4-wheel drive Ford Bronco. In 1969, Rod and Larry Minor won the famous Baja 1000 Overall in a Ford Bronco, launching Rod's career into what would end up a legendary one. In a sport where a dozen major wins can define a successful racing career, no one even comes close to Rod Hall. Ten-time winner of the internationally recognized Mint 400, ten-time winner of the Parker 400, 12-time winner of the Fireworks 250, 12-time winner of the Baja 500 and the only 17-time winner of the Baja 1000. Over the course of his racing career, Hall has won 14 major class points championships in production 4-Wheel Drive vehicles and well over 150 major events. While many of these records may never be equaled, it is also unlikely that anyone will break his record for 37 consecutive race victories anytime soon. Rod Hall was a unique blend of competitor and entrepreneur in several successful automotive related businesses. He was a loyal team member and partner for some of the finest brands in the auto industry including BFGoodrich, Dodge, Ford Motor Company and the Hummer badge. Rod acquired, nurtured and brought back to life the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, enabling this organization to grow and flourish for future generations of off-road enthusiasts. In 2017, just shy of his 80th birthday, Rod capped a remarkable career by competing in his 50th Baja 1000. Rod is survived by his wife Donna Lee Hall, sons Josh Randall Hall and Chad Michael Hall, granddaughters Ashley Rene (Hall) MacLearn and Shelby Lauren Hall, grandson Aleksander Myles Hall, his brother Milton Lane Hall, his sister Alma Duane (Hall) Little, great-granddaughter Ada Elizabeth MacLearn, and nieces and nephews. Rod was preceded in death by son Kevin Allen Hall and parents Raleigh Conley Hall and Mamie Alma (McGuire) Hall. A Celebration of Life open to all will be announced as soon as details can be confirmed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame by contacting the Executive Administrator at barbara@ormhof.org. WL00205410-image-1.jpg


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Published in The Press-Enterprise on Jul. 14, 2019.
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July 16, 2019
When my son was 3 years old we took him to the Parker 400(?) when gets home always running through the house growling like an engine, I asked him who do you think you are? His reply was I'm Rod Hall! So later I take him to the Score show in Anaheim and we come up to Rods booth and I told him our little story and he really lit up put his arm around my son let him inside the booth let him help himself to all the stickers and other mementos, never forgot that and made me one of his biggest fans!
Clark Trapp
July 16, 2019
To all the family , what a awesome man ! He will be remembered and surly missed !
Mickey Quade
July 15, 2019
To the Hall family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I'm so thankful and grateful for allowing me into your lives and I will truly miss Rod. May he rest in peace and I'm sure he's racing in heaven. I Love you Donna Hall.
Helen Ferguson
July 15, 2019
Rest in Peace ROD HALL may you Legacy live on it was great times being around you when you and your family lived in Hemet.
Victor Swanson
July 14, 2019

Josh, So sorry to read of your dad passing away. Suzanne Sinclair-Stewart.
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