University of North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame member and former university administrator Walt Parker died Friday morning following a long illness. He was 92.
Parker was a two-year letterman for the Eagles in 1938 and 1939 playing running back for legendary head coach Jack Sisco. Parker played on the 1939 Lone Star Conference Championship team that finished with a 6-1 record. He was inducted into the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995.
Parker also served as an administrator for the university, most recently as a special assistant to the chancellor and former vice chancellor for governmental affairs. He began his service with the university in 1979 after serving five consecutive terms in the Texas Legislature representing Denton County.
Parker worked 42 years as a National Football League official and observer of officials until he retired from the NFL in 2002. He worked more than 300 NFL games, including several conference championships and three Pro Bowls as well as Super Bowl III. He was also on the sidelines as a substitute referee for Super Bowl VII in 1973. In 2004, he became one of 21 former NFL officials to receive a Super Bowl ring after the league decided to back- issue rings to those who worked the championship games prior to 1982 when commemorative rings began to be issued.