Jim Paxton served as a basketball official for 25 years, refereeing over 3200 games. He was selected to officiate in 14 ASAA State Tournaments, served as the finals official 12 times, the longest streak ever recorded. Jim Paxton is legendary. He offered clinics to high school students and officials all over the state of Alaska. Jim served as an assigner of basketball officials for several school districts, a contract negotiator, and a mentor to coaches, players and other officials. He helped to create the system for selecting and assigning officials for the ASAA State Basketball Tournaments. Because of Jim’s contributions, Alaska basketball programs have grown and are a testimony to his demeanor and work ethic. Jim also was an active Little league official, served as Umpire in Chief for Alaska, officiated both the Little League and Senior League Western Regionals. Both selections are lifetime honors.