Jaan Ibarra is the go-to guy for repairing heavy equipment. A plumber by trade, Ibarra comes from a family of plumbers who operate primarily within the Nevada region. While it does take some serious working to make the leap from the family plumbing business in Reno to a role on one of cable television’s top-rated shows, Ibarra seems to be coping pretty well. First introduced in Season-6 of the Gold Rush, Ibarra worked with the Hoffmans for a short while, before he moved on to work with Tony Beets. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Juan Ibarra.
Juan Ibarra was born on the 2nd of April, 1983 in Reno, Nevada. Ibarra comes from a family of plumbers. His parents owned and operated the Ibarra Drain Services. A 2001 graduate of Hug High School, Ibarra went off to work on a mine in Central Alaska and stayed there for quite a while. Ibarra does have a sister, but little is known about her.
Ibarra found his way into Gold Rush after he was nudged by his brother in law for applying on the job. His brother in law, Aaron Pena, is a huge TV fanatic and loved Gold Rush. So, when Gold Rush announced they were in the hunt for a mechanic, Aaron couldn’t contain his excitement. After all, he knew quite the man. So, Aaron set forward to persuade Ibarra to join the team. Talking about the things leading up to his involvement on the show, Ibarra revealed,
“Six months ago, I was working at a mine in central Alaska, taking care of the facility and equipment, when my brother-in-law, who is a big fan of the Gold Rush series, saw a Facebook post that they were looking for a new mechanic for 2015. He kept pressuring me, saying, ‘You’ve got to apply for this.’”
Content with his current life, Ibarra told Pena that while he would not be applying, Pena was free to do so. So, his wife, Andrea Ibarra, and brother in law, Aaron Pena, submitted Ibarra’s application and he was selected to appear in the sixth season of the show.
“It all just kind of fell into place after that. It was a weird way that it came to be, just a way lucky thing. It was a good fit from the start. The crew is a great crew to work with. It was really a great experience.”
Working with Hoffman:
Ibarra made an appearance on the sixth season of the show and was part of the Hoffman crew. He was assigned the task of maintaining heavy equipment including the excavators, dozers and trucks, and the mine’s famous wash plant, which is nicknamed “Monster Red.” Given that Monster Red is an integral part of the mining business, Ibarra was essentially the cog that made things work.
And while Ibarra loved the work, he had a hard time adjusting to the cameras. Talking to a local news outlet, Ibarra revealed,
“Absolutely, the hardest part of the whole job is dealing with the cameras there. They told me early on that we’ve got to get the job done as quickly as we can, but we’ve also got to make sure everything is documented, make sure they get their shot. Ultimately, they are making a TV show, and we have to balance that with the fact that we are mining and we are really trying to be successful at that.”
After calling his time with the Hoffman’s, Ibara started working as Tony Beet’s lead mechanic. He has also paired up with Diesel Laptops and is often seen using their equipment.
Ibara’s skill to repair things and his gold mining career might be the highlight of this biography, it is because he doesn’t like to share much about his personal side of the things. Of scant information on his personal life, Ibara is a married man. He is married to Andrea Ibarra and the pair have been together for quite a while. They have two children. The first one is a baby girl Addison Marie Ibarra and the second is a boy named Juanito Ibarra.