In Memory of Comstock’s Proudest Miner
March 12, 1951 - June 19, 2015
Health & Safety Manager
Randy Harris lived off the Comstock for many years, but he always considered this his “home,” the place where it all started. It was 1960 when Randy moved to Silver City with his grandparents, Jerry and Elaine Harwood. Randy’s grandparents bought the Savage Mansion in Virginia City and from the time he was in grade school and throughout his high school years he would always help with restorations after school and on the weekends. Randy always proudly adored the mansion, knowing his special role in preserving such a significant piece of Comstock history.
After graduating from high school Randy received a scholarship to Denver Automotive and Technology Institute and moved to Colorado. He stayed in Denver for just a little over eighteen months before he returned to Silver City and married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Williamson. Marge and Randy were happily married for 43 years.
After returning to Nevada, Randy worked odd jobs until signing on at the Storey County Sheriff’s Office, working with Bob DeCarlo for nearly seven years. He also served on the Storey County Fire Department where he received his Emergency Management Training (EMT). This introduced Randy to what would quickly become his life’s passion, protecting others through health and safety.
Randy said he had been around mining most of his life, but became an actual miner after taking a job in maintenance with Houston Oil & Minerals on Gold Hill. He soon began operating heavy equipment and finally landed the lead safety and security position that would develop into his long-term career. Randy was then transferred to Manhattan, Nevada with Tenneco Minerals. He served as the safety supervisor for Smokey Valley Common Mine (that later became Round Mountain Gold Company) and lived in central Nevada for nearly 20 years. He next became a mining regulator as a district safety inspector for Nevada Safety and Mine Training.
In 2008, Randy joined Golden Predator Mine near Lovelock as their Safety and Security Director before becoming the underground safety supervisor for the Turquoise Ridge Mine near Winnemucca. It seemed ironic that mining would take him away from the Comstock for the rest of his career, that is, until he received a call from Comstock Mining. Randy was the Director of Health and Safety for Comstock before his untimely passing on June 19, 2015 after a short illness. Under his governance, the Company won the 2013 Safety Award from the Nevada Mining Association.
“Randy was the most selfless person I have ever met. He cared about others first and most and would do anything for anyone, individuals, teams, companies and communities. His leadership was always by example, strong, honest, kind, wise, careful, and smiling. It’s the saddest days for our whole community. God blessed every person who ever met Randy Harris.”- expressed Comstock Mining CEO Corrado De Gasperis.