Tom Perius became the 129th member of the North Dakota Officials Association Hall of Fame at his induction on March 8 in Grand Forks.
Posted by 3/15/14
By Jake Kulland
He and his wife Colleen have two sons, Darin and Chad, daughter-in-law Nikki, along with grandsons Will and Rob. Perius recently sold his business of 37 years in Langdon and currently works for Great American Insurance Co.
An active baseball and basketball official, Perius began working high school basketball and baseball games in 1970. He currently serves as an area baseball workshop supervisor for the NDHSAA and is a member of the North Dakota Officials Association and the National Federation of Officials. Perius was also named North Dakota Baseball Active Official of the Year in 1990.
Besides his service to high school athletics, Perius is also an active American Legion and college baseball umpire, where he has worked games at the junior college, NAIA, and NCAA Division I, II and III levels. Perius has also umpired professionally in the Prairie League and has umpired seven National Fast pitch tournaments.
During his illustrious 44-year career, Perius has worked more than 10,000 contests. He has been selected to officiate over 50 region and four state basketball tournaments. Perius has umpired 28 NDHSAA state high school baseball tournaments, and in American Legion Baseball has worked an incredible 30 state tournaments, 10 Central Plains regionals, and one World Series in 2009. Perius is known and respected by players, coaches, and fans throughout the state, and more importantly has mentored many officials throughout his career.
When asked about his officiating career, Perius, who is soon to be 68 years old said, “Roger Gendrau and Wayne Westphal were the two men who got me started in 1971. Roger was a classmate of mine, and I played American Legion Baseball with Wayne. My basketball first game was Hannah at Hampden. My first legion game was Park River at Langdon. Langdon won 3-2!” Tom also wanted to thank everyone who came to his induction ceremony and who attended the reception that followed. “It was a great evening and a lot of fun visiting with friends and family. I want to thank everyone from all over the area that came to celebrate with me. I would also like to thank the many athletes that I have had the privilege of seeing succeed in the games I have had the opportunity to work over the years.” And when asked how long he will keep officiating.” Perius said, “Normally when people are inducted into a Hall of Fame, they are already retired, so maybe someone is trying to tell me something. But I’m not going anywhere yet.”
A ceremony honoring Tom will be held in Langdon this summer during the State B American Legion Baseball Tournament, which runs July 30-Aug. 3 at American Legion Field.