In Memory

Jimmy Dimitroff

Jimmy Dimitroff, 87, of Indianapolis, died on August 16, 2017. Jimmy was born on August 20, 1929 in Indianapolis to Vasil and Alexandra (Zabona) Dimitroff Jimmy graduated from Washington High School class of 1948.  Jimmy proudly served our country during the Korean War in the US Air Force. Jimmy is a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and the A.H.E.P.A.

Jimmy was a liquor distributor for Republic National Liquor Distributors; as well as being a well-respected basketball referee official. Jimmy worked over 7000 games as an official, he began IHSAA tournament work in 1953 at the age of 23, he worked 37 sectional games, 32 regional games, 23 semi state and five state finals and once was a state finals alternate. He worked the inaugural Hall of Fame Classic tournament and the inaugural girls Indiana-Kentucky All Star game and the Hoosier Collegiate Conference, Midwest Collegiate Conference, Indiana Conference, and the Horizon Conference and past President of the Indiana Officials Association. He received the IBCA's Roy Gardner award and the 2002 Center Circle Award. Jimmy was a longtime friend and advocate for Indiana high school basketball. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and was on the Board of Directors. Jimmy received the 2015 Indiana Pacers Silver Medal award.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his grandson Andrew Dimitroff and his sisters Luba Adjieff and Daisy Dimond.

Calling will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3500 West 106th Street from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Trisagion Service at 7 p.m. Additional calling will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Jimmy married and is survived by the love of his life Elaine (Angnos) on August 30, 1953 in Sioux City, Iowa. Together they have four children, Jim (Jeanette) Dimitroff, Sandi (Jim) Bierman, Vicki (Terry) Williamson and Kathy Dimitroff; grandchildren, Katherine (Adam) Ahlfeld, Matt Golubski, Jimmy Dimitroff, Jenny Dimitroff, Megan Williamson, Christine Bierman, Amy Muffley; and his brother, Louie (Karen) Dimitroff.

Memorial contributions may be given to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Online condolences and a video tribute to Jimmy may be viewed at

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 18, 2017

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08/19/17 06:06 PM #1    

Russell Crawford (1960)

The following tribute was published in the Indianapolis Star:

"To the family of Jimmy Dimitroff. May the love of family.. and friends sustain each of you during this difficult time.  Do look to the horizon for there will come the dawn of  new day for each of you, bringing renewed strength and better understanding.  Be of strong courage for the Lord is our Light and our Salvation.  Fred Robinson on behalf of National Crispus Attucks Alumni Association

08/19/17 06:09 PM #2    

Russell Crawford (1960)

The following comment was submitted by Martha Maiden Randal, class of 1966:

Jimmy Dimitroff is a friend of Thorntown Basketball.  Jimmy attended the 2015 Alumni Banquet which was a big celebration of basketball – 100 years after winning the State Tournament.  He was one of several special guests – participated in a skit by the Class of 1965 – and shared that he LOVED being a ref at Thorntown High School – in the very gym where the banquet was held.  This was in the fifties – and he teased that Thorntown paid the refs BEFORE the game in case refs had to make a quick ‘escape’ after the game ended.

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