URBANA, Ill. -- Dick Jorgensen, an NFL game official for 23 years and referee of Super Bowl XXIV last January, died Wednesday from a rare blood disorder. He was 56.
Jorgensen, who died at the Carle Clinic, did not work any games this season.
He joined the NFL as an official in 1968 and worked 12 playoff games, including four conference championships and one Super Bowl. He had been a referee, the chief game official, since 1971.
Jorgensen was also president of Marine Bank in Champaign-Urbana for the past 13 years. He graduated in 1956 from the University of Wisconsin, where he was captain of the basketball team as a senior. He served two years in the Navy after graduation.
Jorgensen is survived by his wife, Adlone, and daughters Londa Dewey, Susan Fitzgerald and Sarah Thompson.
Services will be held Saturday morning at the First Presbyterian Church in Champaign. Burial will be private.