Owen was born in Missoula and has lived here all his life. He has deep roots in Missoula with both of his parents having been born and raised here as well.
During High School Owen went to work at Barry's Shoes, going to work there full time after graduating from Loyola Sacred Heart High School in 1978. After Barry's closed he went to work at Ogg's Shoes for about ten years, then moved on to automobile sales at Grizzly Auto Center. After ten years at Grizzly Auto which included time spent as a Business Manager and Used Car Manager, Owen became a partner in Thrifty Car Rental which he managed for fifteen years. From 2014 until the Spring of 2019 Owen was the Executive Director of the Montana Independent Auto Dealers Association.
Owen and his wife Linda have been married since they were twenty one years old and have two daughters, Carly and Leah, both of whom are real estate agents at Berkshire Hathaway Home Properties in Missoula. All four are classic Ford automobile enthusiasts, a hobby that Linda and Owen have enjoyed for over 40 years.
Owen brings with him 40 plus years of sales experience. The part of sales that he has enjoyed the most is the people he has met and worked with over the years, many of whom have become longtime friends.