Karen Straw was born in Ogden, Utah, and spent her childhood living in Morgan. She is the daughter of a father who was an engineer for the Utah Department of Transportation and a mother who worked at the First National Bank of Morgan. Karen is the middle child in a family of three children, with an older brother and younger sister. As a daughter, wife and mother, Karen values the connection and bond family provides. She is a model of this each day and continues as a constant presence in the day-to-day lives of her parents, children and grandchildren.