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“Jim Blackwood (JB); a wonderful man. His subtle humor and warmth always made him so approachable. His presence was highly sought-after by everyone...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Francisco Villar - CA - Friend

“I met Jim when I was a young football official in the Dallas Football Officials Association. As I moved up in officiating experience, I was fortunate...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Scott Steenson - Glen Rose, TX

“It was my privilege to know Jim for many years. He was a good man and will be missed by everyone that knew him. Condolences to the family and rest...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Robert Horton - England, AR

“Jim was a dear friend. As many others have said, I would be nothing in the world of college football were it not for his mentoring and influence. I...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Roy Rennels - Myra, TX - Friend

“Jim was a friend, a boss, a leader and a compassionate person who worried about everyone. I enjoyed our talks, our meetings and his ability to listen...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Frank White - Honolulu, HI

“The college football officiating world will never be the same. Jim was the best at his trade as a leader and the most fair person we officials ever...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Terry Leyden - Littleton, CO

“To the family of Jim Blackwood. Jim was not just a mentor to me in my football officiating career, but extended all of his expertise and knowledge...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Dan & Sylvia Romeo - Montgomery, TX

“Jim's Kindness and leadership will be carried on by all of us who he has touched. There was no finer Human. ”
8 of 25 | Posted by: steven strimling - CA - Friend

“I first met Jim at the Big Sky conference for new replay officials in February of 2015. My fellow new replay officials had to privilege to learn...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: David Pieczynski - Roseville, CA

“Back in February 2015. I was on my way to officiate a Charter High girls and boys game when I received a call from Jim inviting me to join the PAC-12...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Michael hall - Scottsdale, AZ

“Very saddended to hear the news of Jim's passing. He was truly a bright light in the way he lived his life and in the world of football officiating. ...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Matt Loeffler - Heath, TX

“Jim knew the Lord and walked the talk. I enjoyed having Jim sit in with some ofour pregame bible studies. He always had a solid faith and exhibited...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Robert Wagner - St. Louis, MO

“May Jim enjoy the promises of our Savior, Jesus. Eternal life in heaven. I have witnessed your love for life and people. May all that know Jim and...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Michael Smith - Mesquite, TX

“So sorry for your loss. Jim mentored me and countless others as a football official. He made officiating better in so many ways and we will miss him...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Tom Bessant - Fort Worth, TX

“Jim was a great leader in officiating, but an even greater friend and a true gentleman who enriched the lives of so many. I loved Jim and will miss...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Victor Firth - El Paso, TX

“Jim Blackwood was far more than just our "boss." He expected, and accepted nothing less than, excellence from each of us. But, more importantly he...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Robert Cameron - Lubbock, TX

“Thank you for your kindness to us all. It was an honor and privilege to work under your leadership in the WAC. ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Lo van Pham - Amarillo, TX

“Jim was kind, gentle, and loving. He was an honorable man who always looked after his family and many friends. He provided opportunities for young...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Ken/Marcie Rivera - Clovis, CA

“I sure am going to miss my Coffee Buddy!! He was a good man!! ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Kemper Morris - Mesquite, TX

“I was blessed to have know Jim for these past many years. He influenced many and will be missed greatly! ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Andrew Castagnola - San Diego, CA

“Our time and conversations together will live on forever. You didn't tell people how to live, you showed people how to live. You will be missed but...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Karl Richins - Salt Lake City, UT

“To the family of Jim Blackwood, a wonderful man and friend, we extend our heartfelt condolences. Every time our journey was Blessed with Jim's...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Helen❤Mike Contreraz - CO

“He found the goodness in everyone. He was always loyal. Every time I experienced success with a bowl assignment he always called me up to...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Gene Semko - El Paso, TX - Friend

“So sorry for your loss. A great friend and mentor. Jim made a difference in so many people's lives and officiating careers. ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Walt Coleman III - Mabelvale, AR

“Our football world lost an ICON! He was a dear friend and mentor to me. I couldn't begin to count the number of lives he touched and influenced...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Mike Defee - Mauriceville, TX


On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, James Blackwood, loving son, brother, husband, father and uncle passed away at the age of 81.

Jim was born to the late Marcus and Gertrude Blackwood on December 7, 1939 in St. Louis, MO. He spend most of his early years in Paragould, AR. and later moved to North Little Rock. He began his career as Director of Weights and Measures Division for the State of Arkansas.

In 1972, he moved to Dallas where he worked for the City of Dallas in several different capacities before becoming Assistant Director, Health & Human Services Environmental Health Division. After leaving the City of Dallas, Jim became the Assistant Director of the Business and Professional Institute for Dallas County Community College District

Jim's love and passion for the game of football lead him to an officiating career that spanned more than 60 years. He began as an on field official both in Arkansas and Texas. With over 25 years of experience officiating he began his first stop on this amazing career path as Executive Director of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. Following retirement from that position he became Supervisor of Football Officials for the Southland Conference followed by Supervisor of Officials for the Western Athletic Conference, Coordinator of Replay Officials for the PAC 12 Conference and finally as CFO National Director of Instant Replay. Jim also worked for 10 years as a Replay Official for the NFL and 1 year as an ESPN Booth Referee. With his extensive knowledge of NCAA football rules, mechanics, and techniques, Jim helped develop replay manuals, training materials and videos.

He is preceded in death his parents, twin sister Janice, and nephew Kip.

Jim is survived by his wife of 23 years Dee, sons Mark Blackwood (wife Janie) and Jay Blackwood (wife Sonya), niece Julie Jackson Nichols, step-son Michael Atkins (wife Erika), niece-in-law Robin Jackson, and his first wife, GiGi Blackwood Givens.

A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Park Christian Community Church in Mesquite.