Carpenter turned Goldminer
HOMETOWN: Portland, OR
Chris Doumitt can usually be found with a big smile on his face and a big cigar between his teeth while operating Parker’s washplant, Big Red.
Chris’ gold mining career happened by accident. In 2010, he was a carpenter asked to build a cabin for Greg Remsburg , who was originally part of Todd Hoffman’s first mining crew. The job was meant to take ten days, but Chris ended up staying with Todd’s crew for five months and learned how to mine gold by trial and error.
Chris says panning for gold gives him a thrill, "like opening a Christmas present." As one of the hardest workers on the team he puts his legendary work ethic down to growing up on a farm. Chris remembers learning to drive a tractor before he was even tall enough to see through the windshield, "Being a farm boy, you don't have working hours. You do the job for as long as it takes until it’s done."
Chris worked for 25 years as a plant carpenter and, more recently, he and his wife have been buying, fixing up and selling homes. In his spare time he is a competitive rifle shooter. He also teaches responsible gun use to young people. Married to his wife Sharon for 43 years, the couple have two children.