The Hoffman mining crew became famous on Discovery Channel’s reality series Gold Rush. Dave Turin, nicknamed “Dozer Dave”, was a standout person in the group. He was their quarry and mining expert. His skills have led him to appear in several other programs, including his own show Dave Turin’s Lost Mine. As of 2022, Dave Turin has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
On April 21, 1959, David Turin was born in Sandy, Oregon. His father, Jim, is an owner of a quarry called Jim Turin & Sons in their local area. Dave has three brothers who helped with their dad.
Because of the family business, Dave learned about mining from a young age. He was quite popular in high school because he was a star athlete and football player.
In college, he continued to play sports while studying for a civil engineering degree. However, he had no intention of making a career out of football. After graduating, he immediately worked with his father and siblings.
As a certified engineer, Turin did well in his father’s quarry. Eventually, he took over the company’s daily operations. He was effective in his job for about 25 years.
At church, Dave became acquainted with the gold prospector and Gold Rush star Todd Hoffman. Because of this, he was asked to consult with the Porcupine Creek mine. He ultimately left his quarry job to join Todd’s crew.
He became known as one of the few people in Hoffman’s group who knew what they were doing. Turin had a crew in season three and they mined 803 ounces of gold. It was worth $1.28 million.
Leaving Gold Rush
Dave left the Hoffman crew in the seventh season after being unable to find any gold. Later that season, he returned, but he ended up having a fight with co-star Trey Poulson.
This led him to resign at 57 years old. Turin officially left the franchise’s main show in season eight. After this, Dave Dozer still got to appear in various Gold Rush spin-off series. Also, he remains close friends with Todd Hoffman.
Furthermore, he planned to go back to mining when he found a new crew to work with. In 2019, he returned with his own show titled Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine. A sad moment in the show was when miner Jesse Goins passed away, and the cast were impacted deeply.
Net Worth and Earnings
Though he spent a long time operating his family quarry, Dave earned most of his fortune when he joined Gold Rush. It is reported that he makes $50,000 per episode on the first show and earns the same figure on his new show.
He gets extra when his crew strikes gold. With his mining and media endeavors, Dave is estimated to have a net worth of $2 million.
Davin is married to a woman named Shelly Turin. They’ve been together since high school. Shelly works as a nurse and they have one child, Tony, who has blessed them with grandchildren.