Ron Botchan, 1935-2021
Ron Botchan, former American Football League player, college football coach, and NFL official passed away this week in California at the age of 85, the NFL Referees' Association announced.
Botchan was an umpire for all but one of his 22 NFL seasons from 1980 to 2001. To say he
David R. Hawk, 1934 - 2020
Former NFL line judge, head linesman and side judge David Hawk passed away in May. Hawk was a NFL official from 1972-1989, and wore number 66 for most of his career.
A native of Texas, Hawk went to Southern Methodist University and was captain of the
William "Bill" Swanson, 1925 - 2020
Former NFL line judge, umpire and back judge Bill Swanson died on August 20, 2020, at the age of 94.
Swanson wore number 38 for most of his NFL career.
Swanson worked in the NFL from 1965 to 1985. He worked on the field for 13 playoff
Edwin J. "Ed" Merrifield, 1932 - 2020
Ed Merrifield, a Super Bowl and conference championship official, passed away this past February 16.
A Missouri native, Merrifield worked in the NFL from 1975 to 1994 on crews lead by Tommy Bell, Jerry Markbreit, Bob McElwee, Gene Barth, Jim Tunney, Howard Roe, and Ron
Nathan L. Jones, 1938-2019
Nate Jones, a NFL deep wing official from 1977 to 1998 passed away on Nov. 1 at the age of 81. He is is not related to the former NFL player and current official Nate Jones.
Jones broke into the NFL in 1977 as a line judge on
Howard Roe, 1939-2019
Howard S. Roe, a NFL line judge and referee from 1984 to 1996 died last month at the age of 80 at his home in Castle Rock, Colorado. Roe wore uniform number 33 for his entire career. He became a referee in 1989 and abruptly left the NFL
Banks Boothe Williams, 1932-2019
Banks Williams, an NFL back judge (the position name is now the field judge) from 1978 to 1994 passed away in April at the age of 86. Williams, a Texas native, wore uniform number 99 for most of his career.
Wlliams got started in officiating in the 1960s,
Francis Richard Anthony "Dick" Dolack, 1934-2018
Dick Dolack, an NFL official for 26 years passed away Dec. 29, 2018, according to a report in Referee magazine.
Dolack worked as a field judge (the position now identified as a back judge) in the NFL from 1965-1991 and wore number 31 for most of
Mason L. "Red" Cashion Jr., 1931-2019
Red Cashion, perhaps one of the most recognizable NFL referees in the 1980s and '90s and who delighted millions with his enthusiastic "First dowwwwn" call, passed away Sunday at the age of 87, according to a report from The Eagle of Bryan, Texas.
Cashion worked 25 seasons
Arthur J. Holst, 1922 - 2018
Art Holst (pictured above, second from the right, in glasses) passed away December 18, 2018, at age 96. At the time of his death, we think he is was the oldest-living official.
Holst was born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1922, and lived most of his adult