Marty Raney: Wiki-Bio, age, wife, children, net worth, controversy.

Over the last few years, people have been increasingly opting for the homestead way of life. The concept of living a scaled-down, simpler, off-the-grid life is very much the hype. But what most first-timers never consider, is the steep learning curve. The transition from a well-provided for lifestyle to where you have to get everything for yourself is not as easy as many think. This is where Marty Raney steps in. Marty journies to several homesteads teaching the families how best to survive. The adventure of Marty and his crew are well documented in the reality TV series, Homestead Rescue. In this article, we will explore Marty’s biography.

Who is Marty Raney?

A TV personality, Homestead Builder, Master Stone Mason, Hunter & Mountain Guide many identities go for Marty Raney. Marty was born on July 28, 1956, and grew up in North Bend, Wahington. As a young kid, Marty preferred the wilderness as opposed to the concrete jungle. Marty dropped out of school at the age of 16 and worked as a logger.

Marty Raney
Raney family patriarch Marty Raney

Marty married to Mollee Roestel. Their children

If there’s one thing that’s well documented in the reality TV series, Homestead Rescue is Marty’s love for his family. Marty loves his wife and children and often spends time with them. He married Mollee Roestel way back in the day and the pair have been together ever since.

They had a wedding in Washington a few months after Marty’s first visit to Alaska in 1974. Since the couple has shared wilderness and hardship in different parts of Alaska. Their 46 years together as a married couple is a testament to their commitment.

Marty Raney and his wife raising four kids in Alaska
Marty Raney and his wife raising four kids in Alaska

In the first four years in Alaska, Marty and Molee gave birth to Melanee and then Miles Raney. The had Misty in 1979, the same year they moved to the Wasilla area. Their youngest Matt Raney was born in 1982. Marty and his wife raised all four children without proper power, water, plumbing, or heat.

Career and progression

A student of mother nature, Marty did not bother to finish high school. In 1974, at 18 years of age, Marty decided to move to Alaska. His very first home in Alaska was a floating logging camp on Prince of Wales Island. Not only was his home off-grid, but it was also off-land. After his marriage, Martin came abroad but moved deeper into the Alaskan region. Marty was living in a place that would barely classify as a part of Haines, Alaska. The place had a greater concentration of Alaska Bears than humans.

Marty Raney along with eldest son Miles Raney
Marty Raney along with the eldest son Miles Raney back in the day

In the year 1979, the family moved to Wasilla Area. We can say it also opened the door for his mountain expedition. In 1986 Marty climbed Denali mountain for the first time. And a few years later in 1998, he got into guiding expedition business. And while guiding expedition was off during winters, Marty found a way to occupy into other businesses as well. He started building homestead through his company Alaska Stone and Log. As the name suggests Marty runs the business with the use of stones, logs, and natural material lying around to make or reform old homestead.

Homestead Rescue

Choosing to live life off the grid is never easy. While the way of living does have its perks, it requires tremendous patience and courage. After all, the family had to do without power, water, plumbing, or heat. But over the years, Marty and his family build immense character and started enjoying their time in the cold continent. Now, Marty does the teaching and travels helping other homesteaders learn the ways. He is often joined by daughter Misty who is a good carpenter and a farmer and son Matt a proficient hunter. Their journey is chronicled on the Discovery show “Homestead Rescue.” Marty is the poster guys and has been on the show from the first season premiere in June 2016. It completed six seasons as of 2020.

Misty Raney ,Matt Raney, Marty Raney
Misty Raney,  Marty Raney, Matt Raney


Marty Raney is huge on privacy and doesn’t want people to snoop around his daily life. He once broke a drone that was hovering over his homestead. The drone belonged to Justin Pursley, who went on Facebook to report the incident. He later sued Marty on grounds of damaging property, but the petition was denied and the case was closed. The two sides met at a much later date on the field and settled things like real men. Marty even apologized for his behavior and offered to pay for the drone.

Net Worth

Marty Raney has a net worth estimated to be around $1M.

Age, Nationality, Ethnicity

Born on July 28, 1956, Marty is 63 years of age now.  In a few month’s time, he will turn 64. Marty is American and belongs to white ethnicity. Exception in the family, his eldest daughter Melanee is Canadian due to her birthright which occurred in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameMarty Raney
Date of BirthJuly 28, 1956
Place of Birth
Washington, U.S.
ProfessionHomestead Builder, Master Stone Mason, Hunter & Mountain Guide, TV personality
Net worth$1M
WifeMollee Roestel
ChildrenMelanee, Miles, Misty, Matt Raney
ParentsMarty Raney, Mollee Roestel
Social Media HandleFacebook,



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