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
Robert Thomas Dooley, Jr., 1934 - 2018
Tom Dooley, a 14-year NFL line judge and referee, died May 9. He was 83.
Dooley joined the NFL as a line judge in 1978, and became a referee in 1981, replacing the retired Cal Lepore.
To the best of my knowledge, Dooley is the only
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Rex Stuart, 1941 - 2018
John Rex Stuart, a retired NFL umpire and replay official, died on March 6, at the age of 76. The Lincolnton, N.C. native officiated in the NFL from 1984 to 1997 and wore number 103 his entire career.
Stuart played college football at Appalachian
Hendi Andrew Ancich Sr., 1937-2017
Former NFL umpire Hendi Ancich died December 20, 2017. Ancich worked as a NFL official from 1982 - 1998. He wore number 115 on his uniform his entire career.
Ancich was born on the island of Brac, off the coast of Yugoslavia in 1937. His family emigrated
Frederick "Fritz" Graf, 1922-2017
Former NFL field judge, Fritz Graf, who called four Super Bowls, and was on the field for The Ice Bowl, died November 29, at the age of 94. At the time of his death, we think he was the oldest surviving official.
Graf was a native of Akron,
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Gerard Bergman 1929-2017
Gerard R. "Jerry" Bergman, officiating patriarch who had two sons follow his footsteps to the NFL, passed away in May. He was 87, and had suffered from dementia for the last few years.
Bergman wore number 17 on his jersey his entire career.
The elder Bergman had
Frederick Swearingen 1921-2016
Former NFL referee and field judge Fred Swearingen, who presided over the Immaculate Reception, passed away Dec. 16, 2016, at the age of 95. Swearingen was a NFL field judge (now back judge) and referee from 1960 until 1980.
A native of Ohio, Swearingen served in the Navy during
Former NFL umpire Art Demmas died August 6 in Nashville at the age of 82, according to Mike Organ of The Tennessean. Demmas was originally hired by the American Football League and continued in the NFL beginning in 1970 after the two leagues merged.Born in St. Louis, Demmas earned fame
Grover Klemmer 1921-2015Former head linesman, back judge and side judge, Grover Klemmer passed away on August 23, at the age of 94. Klemmer wore number 8 through his NFL career. He also worked in the United States Football League.Klemmer graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. He lettered in