It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Bob Bahne who passed away Monday evening. Here is an unofficial Bio for Bob Bahne so that you can get a feel for the quality of person Bob Bahne and all of his accomplishments both in business and in football officiating. - "For the good of the Association!" - Dave Garza and Steve Coover
Ken started in the early 70's. Started college in the mid 70's and worked for over 25 years in Division 1. He had worked over 11 bowl games in the WAC and Mountain West. He was inducted into the San Diego Sports Officials Hall of fame in 2007 and SDCFOA president in 1979.
Nick, who was a member of the SDCFOA for 13 years, worked on a junior college crew. He worked the DII final in 2009 and the D1 final in 2013 during his officiating career. He moved to Portland in 2018 to be closer to his wife’s family. Nick is survived by his wife, Kelly, and two sons – 5-year-old Cruz and 3-year-old EZ.
Nick, who had a Ph.D. in microbiology from UCSD, had a passion for brewing beer and recently launched the first Mexican American-owned brewery in Portland.
He worked the 2007 and 2009 Division III Final and 2011 Division V Final.
Tom passed away January 19, 2022
It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of Steve James who passed away unexpectedly and heartbreakingly too soon on April 15, 2022 at the age of 64 in Grove City, Ohio. Steve was one of outstanding crew chiefs and umpires who transferred to San Diego later in life but fit right in with the SDCFOA. His friendship, leadership, and officiating skills will be greatly missed. He was a crew chief in 2012 for 5 years. Steve worked the 2021 season. He worked the 2018 Division III final as an Umpire.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Frank Mannen.
Frank was a SDCFOA member for over 30 years. He was the Referee of the 1995 DII Final and 2003 DIV Final.
He was a crew chief for over 20 years and President in 1992.
Dave graduated from St. Augustine and was a 5th grade teacher for 32 years. He was a football official for 21 years. He worked in the NCAA from 1980 to 1991 and a Crew Chief for 10 years. Dave was President of the association in 1989.
Jim (affectionately known as "One T") joined the Association in 1966 and over the years was a Crew Chief, a College official, a member of the Board and for 15 years was the High School Assignment Secretary (pre-Arbiter days). If you are not aware, he is Crew Chief David Sibbet's dad.
Jim worked several finals. As a Referee 1987 (D1A) and 1989 (D3A), as an Umpire 1992 (D2A) and 1994 (DIV).
Jim was a George A. Schutte Memorial Award Recipient (2013), San Diego County Sports Officials Hall of Fame Inductee (2008), President of the Association (1981)
and long-time San Diego County Sports Officials Hall of Fame Board of Directors Secretary and highly valued mentor to many San Diego County Football Officials Association members.
It is with great sadness that I must report that one of our own Mike Sotelo has passed away. Mike had officiated for 14 years starting in 2007. He had worked JC football for many years. Please keep his family in your thoughts as they deal with this loss.
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the loss of one of our SDCFOA Hall of Fame members, Bill Tellous. It is our understanding from the family that Bill died Wednesday morning at home due to congestive heart failure. The plan for now is for some of his ashes to be spread at crystal pier with family present, but his may take a while due to overwhelmed mortuaries. We will report any plans to celebrate Bill’s amazing life. To say Bill Tellous was “one of a kind” is an understatement. He truly was one of San Diego’s greatest athletes and officials.