Warren Larsen began officiating high school sports with baseball and softball in 1950 at age 18, soon adding high school wrestling, which he officiated for two years. Warren officiated boys and girls basketball for twenty years before he retired from that sport, but soon after retirement was convinced to return to work girls basketball, and officiated high school basketball for a total of twenty-eight years. But his true love was high school football, which he began officiating in 1953 and continued until 2008, 55 years!
Throughout his high school officiating career Warren worked many playoff games and numerous District, Regional, State and National tournaments. He worked many all-star games and he also worked a state football championship game in the Kingdome.
Warren’s high school officiating career totaled 58 years and 142 seasons of sports officiated! For many years Warren officiated local adult fastpitch softball leagues, and worked a game for Herbert Dudley, the 10-time national men’s Fastpitch softball champion as well as several games for Eddie Feigner of The King and His Court fame. Warren was also very active in NSA and ASA softball and worked several NSA Western World Series tournaments throughout the western states in his career.
Warren also officiated college baseball, working PAC 8 games before it became the PAC 10. In addition, for several years Warren officiated semi-pro football throughout Washington and British Columbia. In 1986 Warren was the recipient of the Washington Officials Association Meritorious Service Award. In 2010 Warren was inducted into the Washington Officials Association Hall of Fame.
Warren was one of the founding members of the Snohomish County Umpires Association and served many years on the Board of Directors and as president. He also served numerous terms as a board member and president of the Snohomish County Football Officials Association and was an initial inductee into that organization’s Ring of Honor in 2011.