Report: W MI ‘officiating founder’ Carl Paganelli Sr. dies in FL

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man known as one of the founding fathers of officiating in West Michigan has reportedly died. 

Carl Paganelli Sr. passed away Tuesday morning in Florida, the West Michigan Officials Association announced on Twitter.

Paganelli officiated football at the local, national and international levels for 58 years, according to the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. More than 30 years of his career were dedicated to college and professional football games before he started training dozens of officials, including his three sons.

Carl Jr., Perry and Dino Paganelli have all been NFL officials, each officiating at least one Super Bowl.

The WMOA named Paganelli its Official of the Year in 1977. He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, along with his sons.

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