He was born and raised in Santa Cruz. He worked for his father, Steve Burt on and off through high school and college. He graduated from the University of Montana with BA and a focus on Business Management. After graduation Owen travelled the world and learned elementary Spanish. After living and working abroad Owen returned home and began working in metal fabrication with an emphasis on art and furniture. During this time his business and his father's business overlapped and they decided to become partners. Owen lives on the Westside of Santa Cruz with his wife and child. They enjoy travelling and sailing.