Jim Thurber is a retired sheet metal worker who initially joined the Hoffman Crew — featured on Gold Rush — to protect his home which was only a single missed mortgage payment away from foreclosure. But now, this man’s an essential part of the team. He is responsible for everyone’s safety while they work in one of the most dangerous workplaces.
This “Jim Thurber Bio” explores his life.
Where Is Gold Rush’s Jim Thurber Now?
Jim Thurber now is a part of the Discovery Channel’s new series Hoffman Family Gold. It features Todd Hoffman’s yet another journey to find gold, alongside his father, son, and the rest of his crew including Jim, foreman Andy Spinks, and mechanic Randy Hubler.
In case you’re confused, Hoffman Family Gold is not a franchise of Gold Rush. Todd left the show back in 2018, and so did Jim. At the time, Jim had appeared in over 110 episodes of Gold Rush ever since its inaugural season in 2011.
However, Jim last was also credited with a few episodes of Gold Rush: The Dirt in 2020 and 2021.
This hardworking person, who wore his heart on his sleeve, brings invaluable skills to the table. As the camp safety officer, Jim always made sure that no one was working without safety equipment and kept an eye out for his co-workers in an active mine site, patrolled by grizzly bears.
So, guess we’ll be seeing more of Jim’s vigilance as Hoffman Family Gold proceeds.
According to Discovery, Gold Rush fans have watched Todd Hoffman and his crew from the very beginning. They’ve seen him excavate mine after mine for a chance to strike it rich in gold for years. So now, after a four-year hiatus, the Hoffman Crew is back again digging gold around a rundown mine far off the grid 80 miles north of Nome, Alaska.
Trying to save this mine would definitely be a big gamble for the crew. But on the bright side, if they’re successful, Todd will secure the mining rights for the next decade and could build a family legacy.
Jim Thurber Net Worth
Jim Thurber garnered a net worth of under $300 thousand by 2022.
Considering, he was one missed mortgage payment away from losing his home in 2011, Jim has come a long way. Seems like his decision to spend his retirement fund to get to Alaska in search of gold was worth it after all.
Before joining the Hoffman Crew, Jim has had over thirty years of experience in construction as a sheet metal worker. Unfortunately, the recession circa 2010 destroyed his business, and he almost lost everything.
But things are different now. Reportedly, a safety manager in Alaska made around $80 thousand per annum. So, this what probably what Jim was paid as well.
When Jim wasn’t working, he loved to go fishing or ride his dirt bike. In fact, he grew up racing mini-bikes and motorcycles. “It feels good, you know just open it up and go through the gears, it’s fun,” he explained.
Because he was so into bikes during his teen, his Centennial High School 1978 graduate yearbook described him as — “Most likely to die on a motorcycle.”
Jim Thurber Age
Jim Thurber, full name: Allan James Thurber, was 65 years of age when he appeared on Hoffman Family Gold in 2022.
He was one of the oldest Hoffman crew members.
Does Jim Thurber Have A Wife?
Yes, Jim Thurber has a beautiful wife of over 30 years named Cynthia Slauson Thurber. The two were married on April 19, 1991, and share two kids named Breanna and Nathan A Thurber.
Their daughter Breanna turned 27 on July 30, 2021, while Nathan turned 29 on October 27, 2021. They both attended Reynolds High School.
Talking a little more about Jim’s wife, Cynthia hails from Portland, Oregon. She is a Gresham High School 1975 graduate who later went to Mt. Hood Community College.
The Thurber husband-wife is also a philanthropist at heart. They often contributed to HomeWithHeros, a nonprofit organization serving veterans with the gift of the outdoors.
Jim Thurber Height
Jim Thurber stands tall at a height above 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm).
Mentioning his distinct features, Jim has long face that perfectly complements his thick mustache. In fact, his mustache was declared the best mustache on television by a few of his fans.
What’s more, Jim’s mustache has its FB page called Jim Thurber’s mustache with over 4K followers.
Some ever say that Jim looks a lot like Vincenzo Santorini, the animated character from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Jim Thurber Family
Jim Thurber wasn’t very open about his family. But we do have a few names related to him — Anna Thurber, Jeremy Thurber, Pam Thurber, Scott Thurber, Dan Slauson (brother-in-law), and Kelly Friedrich (niece).
When Is Jim Thurber Birthday?
Jim receives his birthday wishes on June 13.
Where Is Jim Thurber From?
He hails from Boring, Oregon.
But as of 2022, he resided in Portland, Oregon.
Is Jim Thurber On Instagram?
No, we couldn’t find him on Instagram.
However, he was on Facebook @jim.thurber.96 (private) and @hurbergoldrush (public).
Also, here’s his Twitter @goldrushjim.