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Ferrin Charles Barr (January 21, 1938 – June 2, 2007) was an American professional wrestler, referee, promoter[1] and trainer who spent his career mostly in the Western United States and Canada. Under the name as Sandy Barr, he was best known for his presence in the Portland, Oregon wrestling scene.

Sandy Barr
Sandy Barr.jpg
Birth nameFerrin Charles Barr
Born(1938-01-21)January 21, 1938
Oregon, United States
DiedJune 2, 2007(2007-06-02) (aged 69)
Portland, Oregon, United States
FamilyArt Barr (son)
Ferrin Barr, Jr. (son)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Sandy Barr
DebutMarch 5, 1957


Professional wrestling careerEdit

Barr got his start in wrestling working with Cliff Thiede from Idaho Falls, Idaho. He wrestled his first match on March 5, 1957 in Hot Springs, Idaho against Treacherous Phillips to a time limit draw.[2][3] He spent his time wrestling Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Canada.

Barr began refereeing matches for Pacific Northwest Wrestling promoter Don Owen in the 1960s because it allowed him to spend more time at home with his family.[2][3] As a promoter, Barr was known as a person who would take care of the wrestlers. Tom "The Dynamite Kid" Billington said of Barr, "The only time he made anything was once a year when all the big names came in, like Harley Race and André the Giant, and then they'd do great business. Sold out every night. Sandy would be so excited about making all this money, after he'd paid the big names, he gave the rest of it to us, the wrestlers who were there every week. All year long he'd be scraping by, and, when he did make some money, he gave it away. But he was a very good, kindhearted man, a great man—especially for a promoter."[4]

Barr spent much of his later life as a referee, promoter, and trainer, training wrestlers such as Jimmy Jack Funk (Jesse Barr), Matt Borne (the first Doink the Clown), Art Barr, Velvet McIntyre[5][6] and Princess Victoria.[2][3] While largely retired from being an active wrestling performer, Barr continued to get back into the ring on occasion, wrestling his last match just a few days prior to his death.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

After Don Owen bought an old bowling alley and converted it into the Portland Sports Arena, Barr worked out a deal with Owen where he would hold a flea market in the arena when it was not being used for wrestling.

He is the father of Art Barr, who would go on to fame in Mexico as American Love Machine, and Jesse Barr,[8] who gained some level of fame teaming with Dory and Terry Funk as Jimmy Jack Funk.

On June 2, 2007 he died of a heart attack at his flea market.[2] Following Sandy's death, his son Josh Barr continued running the promotion until the License expired later that year. Once the license expired, the equipment was sold and the Barrs left the Wrestling business.[9]


  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  2. ^ a b c d "Northwest mainstay Sandy Barr dies". 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2007-06-03.
  3. ^ a b c "Interview with Sandy Barr". June 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  4. ^ "Promoter Sandy Barr loved the business". 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  5. ^ "Velvet's WrestleMania memories". 2003-03-26. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  6. ^ "Velvet McIntyre". 2005-06-30. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  7. ^ Beaven, Stephen (June 5, 2007). "Portland wrestler, promoter Sandy Barr dies at 69". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-06-06.
  8. ^ "Art Barr: What could have been, Looking back at Love Machine's career". 1999-11-29. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  9. ^ "Josh Barr keeps St. Johns bouts going after dad's death". Portland Tribune. 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2007-06-04.

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