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Chris Futhey
("Master of the Futhey Flop," New Mexican Armwrestling Shidoshi")

Chris Futhey's 2011 New Mexico Hall of Fame Video
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Chris Futhey

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When did you start armwrestling?
City, State Pie Town, New Mexico
Theme Music "Back in Black" - AC/DC
Favorite Move Futhey Flop
Strength Feats Ripped telephone books in half and closed #2 gripper 9 times
Highest Ranking 4th in US on Pin Arm rankings, #1 ranked armwrestler in NM (Right/Left) - 2007, 2008, 2009
Top Wins John Brzenk (left-handed), Allen Fisher, Eric Woelfel, Dan Victor, Kenny Hughes, Jo-Dee Asbury, Tom Nelson, Tony Villa, Jarrod Levullet, Chuck Hendricks, Steve Phipps, Clay Rosencrans, Mark Nutsch, Travis Berggren
State/Countries competed in: CA, NV, WA, NM, ID, CO, India, Russia, Mexico
  • 2-time New Mexico State Games Champion
  • 3-time New Mexico State Champion
  • 2008 Colorado State Champion
  • 2008 Colorado State Supermatch Champion
  • 3-time Nevada State Champion
  • 4-time California State Champion
  • 2-time Yukon Jack Regional Champion
  • Finalist - USAA Nationals
  • AAA Nationals - 3rd place
  • 2000 WWC Champion
  • 1997 AAA Main Event - 3rd place
  • 2-time Reno Reunion Champion
  • Golden Bear International Championships (Russia) - 5th place
  • Represented USA at WAF Worlds in India
  • 2009 NM Games - 2nd
  • 2009 Southwest Regional Champion

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that I inform you that Chris Futhey passed away today (19 December, 2009) from a heart attack suffered during an armwrestling practice in Albuquerque. Chris had just finished a match at the table and was standing by the wall when he collapsed. Several people on the Team administered CPR until the ambulance got there and continued working on him. He was pronounced dead at Lovelace Hospital a short time later.
I talked with him two days ago and he was in good spirits as we were planning our carpooling for the upcoming El Paso tourney and he was anxious to get some table time for the big NM State event. Chris turned 50 this year and was planning on pulling at the Unified Nationals in the Grand Masters class where we were all confident that he would qualify and represent the US at the WAF World's in NV.
Chris Futhey had a Hall of Fame career and has dominated NM Armwrestling for the past 3 1/2 years. I know I speak for all of Team NM when I say that the time that Chris spent training the pullers and raising everyone's level to his own was one of the main reasons for the success of this Team. He was a brilliant technician and a great teacher and I never met anyone who did not like him. You could hear his laugh across the room and a lot of people would come to practice just to train with him.
He was more than a friend to all of us in this organization......he was family......and we are all going to miss him and his laid back, fun-loving personality a lot. He is survived by his wife Heather and his daughters Stephanie and Lauren, who live in CA. He died doing what he loved to do and what he was the best at doing in the company of his friends who cared about him and respected him more than he will ever know.
When I told my 9 year old son about Chris' passing he said, "So Dad, Chris Futhey pretty much was a legend in New Mexico Armwrestling?".......I smiled and said, "Yes Buddy, he was."
Rest In Peace Chris Futhey, "The Master of the Futhey Flop and New Mexican Armwrestling Shidoshi"
Please send cards and condolences to:
Heather Futhey
HC 65 Box 90
Pie Town, NM. 87827
Jeff Ames
New Mexico ArmSports

Some videos of Chris during his 2008 supermatch with Russ Stark, courtesy of Gary Roberts, ArmTV:

All Matches
Match 1
Match 2
Match 3

In memory of Chris Futhey:
Chris Futhey vs Justin Tanner
Chris vs. Justin Tanner

Chris Futhey vs Russ Stark
Chris vs. Russ Stark

Chris Futhey vs Eric Wolfe
Chris vs Eric Wolfe

Chris' famous shirt
Chris' famous "Old Guys Rule" T-shirt (and he did...)