It took a literal punch in the face for Dave Turin to leave the Hoffmans and depart from Gold Rush. A level-headed miner, Dave Turin was the glue that held the Hoffmans together. A red-blooded All-American go-getter, Dave understands the importance of a crew sticking together. This is why fans were surprised when Dave got into a fight with Trey Poulson at the Hoffman gold claim in Colorado. As things came to a boiling point, it was Dave and Todd who got into a verbal fight and things even came to blows. Since then, Dave left the show and has been since calling the shots on the brand new show, Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine.
For the younger ones:
Dave Turin is so much more than a simple miner. A civil engineer, Dave spent three decades running the Turin rock quarry in Oregon with his family. A natural leader, Dave understands the importance of preserving the environment. Over the years, Dave has paired up with several organizations to pass on his message of preservation and the experience he has gathered over the years. In an interview with Alaska Sporting Journal, Dave revealed that he loved talking to younger ones about the job and teaching them the tricks of the trade.
“That’s one thing I enjoy about this job, teaching younger guys about a profession. I consider myself a professional miner; for whatever reason that’s how my life has gone. And I want to instill in the young men that it’s a good job; do your job to the best of your ability. Take the ground and put it back into something useful. We need to extract the natural resources, but we also have the responsibility to put the ground back. And I love teaching the young men to not only be good operators and good miners, but to be good men.”
Gold Rush and why he leave?
After working on his family’s quarry business for three decades, Dave was invited by Todd and Jack Hoffman to work as a consultant for the first season of the show. He jumped on the chance to join the team from the second season and made successive appearances until the seventh season of the show. While the Hoffmans had a good run, things began boiling down in the sixth and seventh seasons. As the crew ran out of patience, Dave got into a fight with Trey Poulson, which resulted in both Dave and Trey leaving the show. Following the departure, Dave revealed,
“I want to take the time to say thank you to all you true fans, especially those that have written me with encouraging, kind words. It’s definitely not how I had expected my run with Gold Rush to end, but it is clear to me that it is time to move on. I have some new opportunities, so you just might see me in the future.”
Since his departure from Gold Rush, Dave was cast on a spin-off series, Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine. Of all the things that come with the new show, Dave is glad to be calling all the shots in his mine operation. The series recently wrapped up its second season and a potential third is on the paper.
Dave Turin was born on the 21st of April 1959 in Sandy, Oregon. Raised by his father Jim Turin, Dave is one of the six siblings of the Turin family. He attended the Sandy Union High School and later enrolled at Portland State University. An athletic kid, Dave played football during his college years but left the sport to work on his family’s business.
Dave is happily married to Shelly Turin and the pair have three children as of now. Shelly and Dave met during high school and tied the knot soon after. Little is known about Shelly, save the fact that she works as a nurse. The family lives in Montana which is also the location of Dave’s new show.