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    Services set for longtime sports official ‘Speed’ Castillo
    • May 30, 2024

    Services for longtime Orange County sports referee Espiridion “Speed” Castillo will be held at Christ Cathedral on June 27 at 11 a.m.

    A reception is to follow the Mass at Christ Cathedral. Burial is at Riverside National Cemetery on June 28 at 10 a.m.

    Castillo died May 18 in Anaheim of natural causes. He was 94.

    Castillo was a high school and college football and basketball official for 47 years, retiring in 2000. He was the Orange County liaison of officials for the CIF Southern Section  for 21 years. Castillo worked in security at Disneyland for eight years, and was student teacher supervisor at Concordia University for 15 years.

    He worked in the Anaheim Union High School District from 1959 to 1993.

    Castillo served in the U.S. Air Force, including in Korea, from 1951-54.

    Castillo was born March 23, 1930, in New Mexico to Clemente & Guadalupe Castillo. He was the oldest of eight children.

    He and Micaela J. Castillo, his wife for 54 years, had three children – son Michael and daughters Michelle and Liza. They had three grandchildren – Michael Nicklus, Jazmine and Etienne.

    Castillo attended Northern Arizona University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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    ​ Orange County Register