Growing up in west central Oklahoma Straw became part of the third generation of Berry’s to work and live on the Botchlett Ranch raising cattle, sheep, and poultry. After stints as a police officer and a musician, he went into the livestock feed, farm and ranch supply industry, from which he retired in 2010. Straw and his father currently work a small cow/calf and wheat operation and he starts a colt or two along.
He and wife Penny live in Cordell, Oklahoma, where he is vice-president of the Washita County Historical Society. Straw received a BA in History and Sociology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and began writing and reciting Cowboy Poetry about 2000 ; He has performed at numerous cowboy gatherings and civic groups and has recorded a CD titled Red Hill Reflections., .