Dick Olmstead

Dick Olmstead, Hall of Fame Special Achievement

Dick Olmstead, Hall of Fame Special Achievement

Dick Olmstead is called the Father of the Tri-County sports officials. Dick and his wife Jackie moved to Carpinteria in 1944. Athletics were an important part of Dick’s life, and he began volunteering with Carpinteria’s high school football program.

Dick’s career with the Pacific Telelphone company lasted thirty seven years. His occupation allowed him to become involved with the city he loved and called home. Whether he volunteered as a lifeguard, a fireman, an ambulance driver, a fund raiser for the Lions Club, a Scout Master or track official for the Russell Cup, he was always professional and prepared.

Dick’s passion for officiating turned into a lifelong hobby. For 37 years, Dick could be seen with his trusty whistle, big voice and watchful eye. His fair interpretation of the rules always placed him in the thick of action during Tri-County Championship football and basketball games.

Dick was the consummate professional in his approach to officiating. He was always on time, knew the rules, and believed in fair play and good sportsmanship. In his own words: “The student-athletes and coaches have worked hard all week long for this contest, and lowe it to the athletes and coaches to give them my best effort.” Dick mentored a number of local officials who today are officiating major college sporting events. His support, leadership and compassion towards young officials will always be appreciated by his officiating colleagues.

Due to his outstanding service and dedication to inter-scholastic athletics in the Tri-Counties and Southern California, Dick was inducted into the California Interscholastic Federation Hall of Fame in 1986. If the measure of a man’s life is that of his deeds, then the distance to describe Richard Olmstead’s contribu tionvice and dedication to inter-scholastic athletics in the Tri-Counties and Southern California, Dick was inducted into the California Interscholastic Federation Hall of Fame in 1986. If the measure of a man’s life is that of his deeds, then the distance to describe Richard Olmstead’s contributions to Tri-County officials has not yet been discovered.